Health and Dental Opt-Out

Health and Dental Plan Opt-out deadline is Wednesday January 22nd. You will need your Student ID and proof of existing coverage in order to opt-out. Opt out at the SAMHC website: http://www.samhc.ca or come into the office for assistance during office hours.
You will not be refunded after the deadline passes, please do hurry!

Tuition Consultation 2020-2021

Tuition and Mandatory Non-Instructional Fees (MNIFs) at Medicine Hat College are regulated by the Government of Alberta through the Post-secondary Learning Act and the Tuition and Fees Regulation. The previous NDP government implemented a freeze on tuition and MNIFs at the 2014-15 academic year rates for the 2015-16 through 2019-20 academic years.Prior to the last election, the NDP government updated the Tuition Fees and Regulation with the following key provisions, beginning in the 2020-21 academic year:

–Tuition fees can be increased by the percentage annual change in the Alberta Consumer Price Index (CPI)

–Existing Mandatory Non-Instructional Fees (MNIFs) can be increased by up to 10% each year, unless the fee has reached a cost-recovery level

–New Mandatory Non-Instructional Fees must be signed-off by the Students Association.

–International student tuition is not regulated, however the maximum amount of tuition an international student will pay must be guaranteed for the standard length of the program in their offer of admission

–At least two consultation meetings with the Student’s Association must occur to discuss increases to tuition and MNIFs

–Institutions must publish their tuition and MNIFs in a public manner (MHC publishes in the Academic Calendar and website)

After the May 2019 election, the new UCP government commissioned the MacKinnon Report on Alberta’s Finances, which offered recommendations to support the planning of the Alberta Government’s 2019 Budget. Recommendations 7,8 and 9 were pertaining to post secondary institutions across Alberta and were implemented in the Budget released in 2019. Here are some points from the budget:

–Modified the Tuition and Fees Regulation to allow tuition to increase by up to 7% per year on average for the 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23 academic years, before returning to the rate of CPI in 2023-24, with no program increasing by more than 10% in each of the three years noted

–Removal of 10% increase limit to MNIFs not at cost-recovery

–Cancellation of the Summer Temporary Employment Program

–Cancellation of Alberta Education and Tuition tax credits for 2020

–Student loan interest rate increased to prime+1%

–Reduction of Campus Alberta Grant across the Alberta post-secondary system by 5% for 2019-2020 (differentially applied)

–Elimination of Infrastructure Maintenance Program (IMP) funding for 2019-2020

–Signals that the Campus Alberta Grant will be reduced across the Alberta post-secondary system by an additional 5% each year for 2020-2021, 2021-2022, and 2022-2023.

A comparison of Tuition Fees in the Business Administration Program at some of the Post-Secondary Institutes in Alberta
A comparison for International Tuition Fees and Tuition multipliers.

Medicine Hat College executives had two consultation meetings with the SAMHC executives in November to arrive at a mutually-agreed decision. Tuition Consultation meetings were held at the Medicine Hat campus on January 9th and at the Brooks Campus on January 16th. These consultations included all the information pertaining to the change in tuition rates as well as other changes recommended by the Government of Alberta. Here is the proposal for the academic year 2020-2021:

•Base Tuition for Domestic Students to increase 7% from $117.00 per credit to $125.20 per credit

•International Tuition differential to remain at 2.75 times domestic tuition

•Base International Tuition to increase 7% from $321.75 per credit to $344.30 per credit

•NISF to increase 10% from $5.20 per credit to $5.72 per credit (this will be broken into two fees as per direction from Advanced Education)

•No additional mandatory fees to be introduced for 2020/2021. If Mental Health Grant funding from province is discontinued, new fees to potentially be considered for 2021/2022.

•Apprenticeship Tuition and materials fees to increase by 7% (set by Advanced Education)

•Tuition rates for students enrolled in Years 3 and 4 of collaborative degree programs are set by the collaborative partners.

All the proposed increases for 2020/2021 are going to be sent to Medicine Hat College Board of Governors for approval. Future year tuition and fee increases to be discussed once further information is known on future budget and funding frameworks. For now, the decisions are on a year-to-year basis. For more information or any questions you might have, stop by the SAMHC Office or Mr. Sandy Henderson, Dean of Student Services/Registrar at henderson@mhc.ab.ca.

Statement on Budget 2019/20

Students’ Association of Medicine Hat College has always put the interest and rights of Medicine Hat College Students foremost and we will continue to do so during our negotiations for increase in tuition. Our goal is an affordable, incremental and predictable increase that keeps the cost of education in Alberta and more specifically, in Medicine Hat, acceptable. We want to reassure our students that we are committed to focusing on affordability and accessibility to post-secondary education with the upcoming tuition increases and other changes in the budget for 2019/20.

“SAMHC is committed to working with college executives to ensure that tuition increases reflect tangibility, sustainability growth and fairness.” -Dalton Ehry, President, Students’ Association of Medicine Hat College.

Here is the Student Leaders of Alberta Joint Statement on Budget 2019/20:

Health and Dental Opt-Out

You will need your Student ID and proof of existing coverage in order to opt-out. Opt out online at https://studentbenefits.ca/landingpage?s=76&language=en or come into the office for assistance during office hours!

You will not be refunded after the deadline passes, please do hurry!

PRIDE WEEK

SAMHC is celebrating Pride week from September 16th to 19th with various activities. September 16th is the Pride Flag Raising Day where we had distinguished guests like Project Rainbow Medicine Hat Chairperson Caelan and President Casper, and Medicine Hat Pride Chairperson Dane. Caelan made an acknowledgement as this year marks the 50 year anniversary of Stonewall.

September 17th is the Info fair: FUN & GAYMES at the Den. We have Project rainbowMedicine Hat appearing and there will also be some free Cotton candy, courtesy of SAMHC.

On September 18th, we have the Instagram Selfie Contest. A PRIDE related Photo-booth will be moving around the college where students can take pictures, upload them on social media and take the SAMHC page. they stand to win a coupon for 2 general admissions to the Cineplex with soft drinks and popcorn provided! Now that’s a sweet date night!

Student Council Election Packages

REMINDER!

Medicine Hat College Student Council Election packages are due on september 12th. Yes, that is THIS THURSDAY!

Bring your completed package to the SAMHC Office to qualify for running for the Student Council for the year 2019-20!

Why be part of the Student Council?

Perks include:
– $50/month pay and bonus at the end of the year
– have a say in events and student activities
– leadership experience, and it looks great on a resume

Information Fair- Academic Focus

Date: September 11, 2019

Time: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: B – Wing ( Near Vera Bracken Library)

We are here to support, assist, guide and help you do your best in college! We have:

MHC Internal services

  • Library Services- Michelle McKey
  • Writing Specialist-Natalie Hamilton
  • Chaplaincy services- Chaplain Kristy
  • Personal Counselling- Landyce Areshenkoff
  • Academic Strategist- Justine McKinnie
  • International Tutoring- Shalla Shahayar & Shauntelle Broeckert

Outside Partners

  • Life Coach- Danielle Skogen
  • Money Mentors- Nikki Obrigewitch
  • Good Food Club- Alison Van Dyke

The Students’ Association of Medicine Hat College representatives will also be there to provide you any information you need! See you all there!

Suicide Prevention day: Doggie visit

Rocky is a very good boy and loves to be pet!

We know the first week of college can be stressful and it is very easy to feel overwhelmed! Don’t worry, your Students’ Association has your back! To help you melt the stress away Rocky is visiting the SAMHC office on September 10, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm! Rocky is a great listener, a trained therapist dog and loves to be pet, adorable, right? Stop by the SAMHC office and spend some time with rocky for an instant pick-me-up!

FROSH FEST!

🔊 Frosh fest is only two weeks from now! 🔊
There will be music, food, beverages and exciting games at the event! But the big surprise are the prizes we have for you! 😍
From a few BUMPER prizes to small but very useful ones, we got you covered! You don’t wanna miss out on this!
Be there on September 6th, anytime between 11 am and 8pm, to be a part of this fun day! We have some mind-blowing prizes and giveaways for you andall you have to do is show up and have fun!

To kick-start the evening we have Kyle Church from 3:00-4:00 pm, followed by Audrey Three from 4:00-6:00 pm and ending with a bang with Ohmzone, 6:00-8:00 pm. But the party doesn’t stop there! We also have a courtesy shuttle service from the college to the Silver Buckle Bar for the after party!
Don’t forget, this is NOT a student-only event, so bring your friends along!!
💃🏻Let’s start this school year with a BANG!🕺🏻

To stay updated follow our event on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/ical/upcoming/?uid=100021685396956&key=AQAyyU-IQ-QHAfG9 or follow our instagram account @saofmhc. You might win some extra entries into the prize draws!

Health and Dental Coverage

Get the best of both worlds by combining your SAMHC Health and dental plan with your other plan and get up to 100% off your claims covered! If you need more information, drop by at the office or on SAMHC website. Remember, in order to opt-out, you must have proof of coverage from another insurance, you will have to submit that!

Already covered under a plan and don’t need SAMHC Health & Dental? No worries, you can opt out at our website http://www.samhc.ca. The last day to opt out is September 23rd, 2019!