NDP

Wilson Says King’s Tuition Hike Further Proof Regan Made Mistake in Lifting Cap

October 16, 2015


(Sackville) NDP MLA Dave Wilson says today’s news that the University of King’s College will ask Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan to allow a 24% tuition increase is further proof that the McNeil government made a mistake when they lifted the cap on tuition.

“Instead of asking universities to tackle executive costs, the McNeil government is putting the burden on the backs of students,” says Wilson. “Enrolment is declining and this increase will not help that situation.”

King’s College confirmed today that it will ask for a 24% increase in tuition fees. The $1000 tuition fee increase will mean that by 2018 tuition will reach $8650 a year.

Numbers from the Association of Atlantic Universities released yesterday show enrolment at the University of King’s College dropped by 8.4% this fall.

“It’s becoming increasingly hard for young people to stay in Nova Scotia,” adds Wilson. “The McNeil government cut the Graduate Retention Rebate and now tuition is increasing at the highest rate in the country.”