The Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) will be introducing a fee increase. The SALCC has said the increase in tuition and “other fees” for the academic year 2018-2019 are to better meet its increasing cost obligations, facilitate the transition of the college to “university college status”, and to remain competitive, among other factors. The increase in fees was announced in a letter posted on the SALCC’s website on July 31. SALCC’s officials said despite the increase, the new fees remain “fairly priced and competitive” with colleges within Saint Lucia and the region. The college official gave hope to students and parents who may need financial aid with an announcement that a Memorandum of Understanding with 1st National Bank St. Lucia Limited for the provision of student loan facilities to students. Interested students may contact the Bank directly for further information. Students may also apply for bursaries available through the St. Lucia Social Development Fund (SSDF).