HALIFAX— The annual university tuition fee report released yesterday by Statistics Canada reveals tuition fees in Nova Scotia are increasing faster than in any other province. Average tuition fees in Nova Scotia will be $6817 for the 2015-16 academic year, the third highest in Canada and $4157 more than their peers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

“This year’s tuition fee increases are just the tip of the iceberg for Nova Scotia’s students thanks to the Liberal government’s upcoming tuition fee free-for-all,” said Michaela Sam, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia. “It is unacceptable to abandon students and their families to face higher fees and greater student debt.”

In April, the Nova Scotia government deregulated tuition fees in the province. Tuition fees in Nova Scotia increased by a daunting 5.2 percent in the past year, the most of any province. Fees will continue to skyrocket in 2016 when universities can raise fees by any amount for the first time since 2007.

“The absence of a national vision for post-secondary education has left Canada’s students with a patchwork of policies and huge variations in fees from province to province,” said Sam. “This election, federal parties must provide meaningful solutions that will ensure students in Nova Scotia no longer pay thousands of dollars more than students in Newfoundland and Labrador to pursue the same degree.”

The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada’s largest student organization, uniting more that one-half million students across Canada. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organizations have represented students in Canada since 1927. 

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

Tel: (902) 999-4318

 

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