HALIFAX – Figures released on Friday by the Maritimes Provinces Higher Education Commission show that Nova Scotia will remain the most expensive province to pursue a post-secondary education in the Maritimes for the 2015-16 year. Undergraduate arts students in Nova Scotia will pay about $700 more than students in New Brunswick, and $1200 more than students in Prince Edward Island.

“When students return to class next week, they’ll be hit with the reality that Nova Scotia continues to lead the pack with the highest tuition fees, the highest ancillary fees, and the highest international fees in our region,” said Michaela Sam, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia. “Considering that about 50% of student studying in our province are coming from outside of Nova Scotia, this will continue to have a detrimental impact on our ability to attract and retain students in the province.”

Since 2011, when the provincial tuition fee freeze was lifted, tuition fee increases have been capped at 3% a year in Nova Scotia. In April, the Nova Scotia Government deregulated tuition fees, allowing universities to set whatever fees they wanted for an undefined period of time.

“It’s no secret that tuition fees and student debt are skyrocketing in Nova Scotia,” said Sam. “Nova Scotia’s students can’t take another four years of fee increased. Our government needs to reverse its decision on deregulation, and get to work immediately reducing and eventually eliminating tuition fees.”

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

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Contact: Michaela Sam, Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia

Tel: (902) 999-4318

Alt. tel: (902) 425-4237

Students in Nova Scotia return to class with the highest fees in the Maritimes