The Memorial University of Newfoundland Students’ Union states that the university is committed to providing “an inclusive and supportive environment for its diverse student population.” The international student population at MUN includes “over 3400 students contributing to the university’s vibrant academic community.”
The Medical Care Plan (MCP) card is an essential document granting individuals access to basic medical care and doctors services that contribute to the well-being and overall health of the population.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador offers residents the MCP card free of charge for equal access to healthcare services. MUNSU states, “International students play a crucial role in enriching the academic and cultural diversity of MUNL, but they already face financial challenges due to high tuition fees compared to local students.”
MUN charges a $10 fee to issue students enrollment letters that are required by international students to renew their MCP, which “adds an unnecessary financial burden to an already financially stretched international student community.”
“The enrollment letter is not only necessary for the MCP card renewal but also for the extension of permits and visas, making it an indispensable document for international students’ legal status in Canada.”
MUNSU is asking the Board of Regents to acknowledge the financial challenges international students face and recognize the importance of supporting their well-being and success.
Furthermore, they want the Board of Regents to affirm its commitment to fostering an equitable environment and acknowledge that the $10 fee for the issuance of the enrollment letter poses a significant financial barrier to international students’ access to essential healthcare services.
They want the Board of Regents to review and consider the immediate removal of the $10 fee associated with issuing the enrollment letter for international students.
Matt Barter is a fourth-year student in the Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland, majoring in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. He enjoys reading thought-provoking articles, walks in nature, and volunteering in the community.