HALIFAX—Numbers released by Statistics Canada earlier today show historically high tuition fee increases across Nova Scotia for the 2016-17 academic year. Average undergraduate tuition fees have increased to $7,218 compared to the national average of $6,373.

“These fee hikes are slamming shut the doors of higher education for a generation of learners,” said Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia. “When fees are increasing exponentially faster than incomes, our province is sending a message that post-secondary education is a privilege for the rich.”

60% of post-secondary students in Canada are from the top two income quartiles. Over the past 10 years, the number of Nova Scotians pursuing a university degree in Nova Scotia has decreased by 18.5%.

This year, tuition fees in Nova Scotia increased faster than anywhere else in Canada at 5.6%, double the national average of 2.8%. Nova Scotia has surpassed Saskatchewan to now have the second highest undergraduate tuition fees in the country.

“These tuition fee hikes are the result of a joint failure by our federal and provincial decision makers to prioritize accessible post-secondary education,” said Kiddell. “That’s why on November 2 students will be taking to the streets to demand that our government invest in our collective future by reducing tuition fees and committing to free post-secondary education across Canada.”

 

The Canadian Federation of Students is the oldest and largest national student organization in Canada, representing over 650,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students across the country.

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For more information:

Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson, CFS-NS, (902) 580-5735, chairperson@cfs-ns.ca

Tuition fee hikes a catastrophe for accessible post-secondary education in Nova Scotia