HALIFAX– A report also released today by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative predicts that tuition fees in Nova Scotia will increase by 10 per cent over the next four years. With tuition fees in the province already the third highest in the country, the cost of attaining a post-secondary education will continue to remain above the national average until at least 2018.

“High tuition fees are driving Nova Scotians to study outside our province, and skyrocketing student debt is preventing our graduates from settling in this province,” said Anna Dubinski, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia. “The Government of Nova Scotia needs to act now to ensure this prediction never become a reality.”

The Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia is calling on the Provincial Government to immediately reduce tuition fees to 2011 levels, where they were before the 3-year tuition fee freeze started in 2008 was ended.

“Students are ready to work with all stakeholders to develop a framework to eliminate financial barriers to higher education in Nova Scotia,” said Dubinski. “With one in three Nova Scotians saying they or someone they knew are choosing not to pursue a college or university degree because of the prospect of taking on too much debt, the time to act is now.”

Polling by the Nova Scotia Post-Secondary Education coalition showed that 86 per cent of Nova Scotians support reducing tuition fees, and 60 per cent would pay higher taxes to make it happen.

The Canadian Federation of Students, Canadas national student movement, is comprised of nearly one-half million students from over 80 college and university studentsunions. Students in Canada have been represented by the Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organisations since 1927.

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Contact: Anna Dubinski, Chairperson- Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia

Tel: (902) 329-2329

Alt. tel: (902) 425-4237

Increasing tuition fees an unwelcome, yet familiar, scene for Nova Scotian students