NDP

New tuition fee data more evidence that Liberals on the wrong track

September 8, 2016


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – Data released today by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC) shows that students in Nova Scotia are facing the largest tuition fee increases in over a decade. Yesterday, Statistics Canada also released data showing that tuition fees in Nova Scotia are increasing more rapidly than anywhere else in the country.

“When other provinces are talking about free post-secondary education, Stephen McNeil and his government are allowing universities to massively increase tuition fees,” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “Instead of investing in our young people, Stephen McNeil is further burdening a generation already facing unprecedented levels of student debt.”

In 2015, the McNeil government announced that universities would have a one-time opportunity to increase tuition fees without limits. This month, students are paying the first tuition fee increases introduced as part of this policy.

According to the MPHEC, undergraduate students at NSCAD are paying 11 per cent more this year compared to last year,  while graduate students are paying 29 per cent more. At Mount Saint Vincent University, undergraduate students are facing increases of more than six per cent and at Cape Breton University, students are seeing increases of about five per cent.

The NDP have committed to making education more affordable, starting with eliminating tuition fees at the Nova Scotia Community College.

“Our Party believes that our young people deserve something better than  leaving school with $39,000 of student debt,” said Burrill. “Young people need real investments so we can truly open the doors of opportunity for a generation who have largely had them shut.”

The MPHEC data covers tuition fees for 2016-17 for programs in the faculties of arts and science. Tuition fee increases in other faculties are not reflected in the data.

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