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NDP calls bill to eliminate college tuition fees for debate

October 26, 2016


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – The NDP Caucus will call its bill to eliminate tuition fees for the Nova Scotia Community College for debate this afternoon in the legislature. Eliminating tuition fees at Nova Scotia Community College follows major investments in post-secondary education in Ontario and New Brunswick to make post-secondary education more accessible.

Student organizations have praised the NDP plan to eliminate tuition fees at the Nova Scotia Community College, which would help approximately 11,000 full-time students and 11,000 part-time students.

“Eliminating fees will allow an entire generation of learners to access a college diploma and graduate free from the burden of student debt,” said Matthew Ross, President of the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront Student Association. “At a time where attaining a post-secondary education has never been more important to getting a job, this is an opportunity that Nova Scotia can’t afford to miss.”

“This bill is an essential step towards achieving students’ vision of universal access to post-secondary education in Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia.  “This legislation is a reminder that the biggest barrier to free post-secondary education in a nation as rich as Canada is not financial limitation but political will.”

Eliminating tuition fees at the NSCC would cost approximately $30 million per year. Under the McNeil government, $49.5 million was cut in student financial assistance with the elimination of the Graduate Retention Rebate.

“While other jurisdictions are talking about making college and university education free, Stephen McNeil and his government have allowed fees to increase and cut financial assistance for young people,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Our Party is offering a better path forward, where we invest in young people, their opportunities, and their skills.”

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For more information, please contact Kaley Kennedy at 902-229-6881 or kaley.kennedy@novascotia.ca