HALIFAX– Earlier today, the Government of New Brunswick announced that it would be investing $25 million to create the Tuition Access Bursary. The bursary will fully fund the cost of pursuing a post-secondary education at a publicly funded college or university in New Brunswick for students from families making $60,000 or less a year.
“Today’s investment in up-front grants is a historic win for students in New Brunswick and across Canada,” said Michaela Sam, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia. “Governments across this country are starting to take long overdue action on students’ recommendations to reduce student debt.”
Today’s announcement follows similar investments made by the federal and Ontario governments in up-front needs-based grants. In contrast, the Government of Nova Scotia cut $2 million from student assistance programs and deregulated tuition fees in 2015, allowing universities to charge students whatever they want. This has resulted in Nova Scotia having the fastest rising tuition fees in Canada.
“The Government of Nova Scotia has a responsibility to provide students in this province with an accessible public post-secondary education system,” said Sam. “It’s time for Stephen McNeil to show the same leadership we’re seeing from other provinces by reducing tuition fees and increasing investments in grants.”
Students are calling on the Nova Scotia government to reduce and freeze tuition fees and invest $12 million to convert provincial student loans to grants in next week’s provincial budget. Nova Scotia is the only province in Canada with no control on how post-secondary institutions can set their fees.
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada’s largest students’ organization, uniting more than 500,000 university and college students from all ten provinces.
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For more information:
Michaels Sam, Chairperson, CFS-NS: Phone: (902) 999-4318 (cellular)