NDP

University students greeted back with Liberal fee hikes

September 7, 2016


For immediate release.

HALIFAX – Data released today by Statistics Canada shows that Nova Scotia continues to have the most rapidly increasing tuition fees in the country. This year, undergraduate university students in Nova Scotia will pay $7,218, up 5.6 per cent from last year and the second highest in the country.

“How can we expect young people to make a go of it, when they are graduating with an average of $39,000 in student debt?” said NDP Leader Gary Burrill. “In the face of this crisis, Stephen McNeil and his government are only making the situation worse by allowing tuition fees to increase more than anywhere else in the country.”

In 2015, the McNeil government announced that universities would have a one-time opportunity to increase tuition fees without limits. Tuition fees will increase by as much as 37 per cent over the next three years. Students will begin paying the first tuition fee increases introduced as part of this policy this September.

The NDP would invest in affordable post-secondary education, starting with the elimination of tuition fees for the Nova Scotia Community College.

“Our province, and especially our young people, need real investments to open the doors of opportunity for a generation who have had them shut,” said Burrill.

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