HALIFAX – Students are welcoming the support of the Nova Scotia New Democratic Party in their call to eliminate tuition fees for all students at the Nova Scotia Community College. Students have been calling for free college tuition since 2011, and the NDP adopted the position at their provincial convention this past weekend.

“Eliminating tuition fees at the Nova Scotia Community College is an essential aspect of building a fully accessible post-secondary education system in Nova Scotia,” said Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia. “Because many universities offer programs where the first two years can be pursued at the NSCC, students planning to pursue a university degree also benefit from free college education.”

Québec offers its residents free college education through the Collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CÉGEP) model. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives estimates that for every dollar the Nova Scotia government invests in a community college student, it sees a return of $7.20 over the lifetime of that student.

“With youth unemployment in Nova Scotia at a staggering 16.3 percent in May, increased access to skills training is essential for our youth,” said Kiddell. “Students are calling on our government to work across party lines to make tuition-free education a reality in Nova Scotia.”

The Canadian Federation of Students, Canada’s national student movement, is comprised of nearly one-half million students from approximately 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: Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students – Nova Scotia

Tel: (902) 580-5735

Alt. tel: (902) 425-4237

Students welcome call for free college tuition