12/21/2014 04:16 EST | Updated 02/21/2015 05:59 EST

Restore Adult Student Funding: Vancouver School Board To B.C.

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VANCOUVER - The Vancouver School Board is calling on the B.C. government to reverse a decision that will abolish funding for some adult students.

Adults who have graduated from high school but want to upgrade their courses to get into college or university may now have to pay for those classes.

The government announced earlier this month that it has increased grants for low-income students but that other adult students will be expected to pay.

Starting in May the government will no longer provide funding to school districts for tuition-free upgrading courses.

Board chairman Christopher Richardson sent a letter on behalf of the Vancouver School Board to Education Minister Peter Fassbender asking that he reverse the decision.

Richardson says he fears the fees will prevent many adults from upgrading their courses and attending post-secondary institutions.

The board estimates that about 1,500 students in the Vancouver school district will be affected.

The government did not immediately comment on Sunday.

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