For Immediate Release

Tuesday, September 5, 2017 

HALIFAX—Numbers just released by the Maritimes Provinces Higher Education Commission confirm another year of skyrocketing tuition fees as students across Nova Scotia return to campus. Undergraduate tuition fees increase by an average rate of 5.6% this year. NSCAD University takes the lead with a 10.85% increase.

“These tuition fee hikes are slamming the door shut on a generation of learners,” said Aidan McNally, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia. “As students return to campus, we need to look at who’s here and who is missing. High tuition disproportionately prevent the most marginalized learners from accessing campus.” In 2016, Nova Scotia took the place of having the second highest tuition in the country. This year, average undergraduate tuition in Nova Scotia is $7,567. The drastic tuition fee increases are made possible by the tuition fee market adjustment included in the current Memorandum of Understanding between the province and universities. The market adjustment effectively deregulated tuition for all Nova Scotia’s students and universities to increase tuition fees as much as 40% over the next three years.

“These fee hikes are a direct result of cuts to public funding,” said McNally. “Students should not be burdened by a lifetime of debt from pursuing higher education. When 70% of new jobs in the Canadian economy require some form of post-secondary education, it’s time for the government to invest in making universities and colleges 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.

For more information:

Aidan McNally, Chairperson, CFS-NS, (902) 222-2409

Nova Scotia’s students head back to school paying fastest rising tuition fees in Canada