Media Advisory - Students available to comment on 2014 Federal Budget
OTTAWA, Feb. 7, 2014 /CNW/ - Students will be available to comment on the 2014 Federal Budget immediately following its release on Tuesday, February 11. During pre-budget consultations, the Canadian Federation of Students recommended restoring federal funding for post-secondary education to 1992 levels, redirecting funding from education tax credits and savings schemes into upfront grants, reducing existing student debt, and strengthening financial support for Aboriginal students.
National student debt has surpassed $15 billion and is expected to
surpass $19 billion before the end of next year.
Tuition fees in Canada range from $2,649 (Newfoundland and Labrador) to
$7,180 (Ontario) and have increased at five times the rate of inflation
since the mid 1990s.
More than 205,000 Canadians were unable to make any payments on their
student loans in 2013, an increase of 10 percent over 2012.
- More than 20,000 First Nations students are currently on a waiting list to receive funding to pursue post-secondary education. Annual funding increases have been capped at 2 percent since 1996.
|WHAT:||Canadian Federation of Students responds to 2014 Federal Budget|
|DATE:||Tuesday, February 11, 2014|
|PLACE:||Parliament Hill, Centre Block|
|WHO:||Adam Awad, Media Relations: 613-979-6622|
The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student organisation, uniting more than one-half million students in all ten provinces. The Federation and its predecessor organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of StudentsFor further information:
Jessica McCormick, National Chairperson, 613-816-7486 (cell)
Adam Awad, Media Relations, 613-979-6622 (cell)