HALIFAX—Numbers released by the Maritimes Provinces Higher Education Commission earlier today show NSCAD University leading the pack as tuition fees skyrocket across Nova Scotia. Undergraduate students at NSCAD face an 11.6% increase for the 2016-17 year, and graduate students face a 29.7% increase.

“Undergraduate tuition fees at NSCAD were raised at more than 4-times the rate of the national average,” said Jessica MacDonald, President of the Students’ Union for NSCAD University. “Hikes like these are going to make NSCAD University the most expensive fine arts university in Canada, something that students in this province just can’t afford.”

Since 2008, undergraduate tuition fee increases in Nova Scotia have been capped at between 0 and 3 per cent a year. According to the figures released by the MPHEC, fees at 6 of Nova Scotia’s universities are increasing above that rate. The MPHEC report also excludes some programs that are seeing large fee increases this year, such as agriculture at Dalhousie University which is increasing by 5.8% this year.

“These fee hikes are a direct result of cuts to public funding,” said Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students. “When 70% of jobs being created require some form of post-secondary education, our universities and colleges should be free and universally accessible.”

Government investment in post-secondary education has failed to increase with inflation since 2010, making this the 6th consecutive year of real funding cuts to the system in Nova Scotia. Under the current Memorandum of Understanding between the province and universities, these cuts will continue until at least 2019.

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

New tuition report confirms massive fee hikes across Nova Scotia