HALIFAX – Students at NSCAD University took over a Board of Governors meeting yesterday to stop a proposed 37 percent tuition fee hike.

Students at NSCAD are facing the largest tuition fee hike in the province since the 1990s. If approved by the Board, NSCAD students’ tuition fees will increase to $8700 per year by 2018 leaving NSCAD with the highest undergraduate tuition fees in Nova Scotia and the most expensive bachelor of fine arts program in Canada.

Enrollment at NSCAD dropped by 15.5 percent this fall, the fastest decreasing rate in the province. “NSCAD university will not attract and retain students to study here with this outrageous tuition hike,” said Jade Peek, Vice President External of the Students’ Union for NSCAD University, “This is a reckless scheme with no vision for a sustainable future for NSCAD”.

All across Nova Scotia students are being threatened by massive tuition fee hikes as a result of the provincial government’s recent decision to deregulate tuition fees allowing post-secondary institutions to hike tuition fees by an unlimited amount for an undefined period of time.

“We are demanding that the NSCAD Board of Governors work together with students and faculty in lobbying the Nova Scotia government for increased public funding for post-secondary education, rather than push education further out of reach with this tuition hike”, said Peek, “There is a better way to fund education that is in the best interests of students and the long-term well-being of NSCAD university”.

The Board has postponed the tuition fee vote to an undetermined later date. Students will continue to mobilize to stop the hike. 

The Canadian Federation of Students, Canada’s national student movement, is comprised of more than 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: David Etherington, Maritimes Organiser, Canadian Federation of Students

Tel: (902) 292-7991

NSCAD students shut down 37 percent tuition fee hike