VANCOUVER, Oct. 23, 2013 /CNW/ - Student representatives from British
Columbia have been meeting with Members of Parliament and Senators this
week to pressure the federal government to take action and reduce
student debt in Canada.
"Average debt for BC students is $35,000 upon graduation," said Katie
Marocchi, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-BC. "With
tuition fees being double those paid one generation ago, students
simply want the same access to post-secondary education that enabled
their parents' generation to succeed."
Over the past 20 years tuition fees in Canada have increased by over 200
percent. High tuition fees have led to record levels of student debt.
Collective student debt owed to the federal government has reached over
$15 billion through the Canada Student Loans Program - that amount
excludes the billions more owed to provincial governments and private
lenders. Over 455,000 students last year were forced to borrow federal
student loans as the only means to access post-secondary.
"Whether it's the increasing need for campus food banks or the
concerning level of financial stress reported by young people, students
see the impact of high tuition fees and student debt everyday," said
Jessica McCormick, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
"Addressing these challenges requires federal leadership and the
political will to ensure young people are not left behind."
Throughout this week, students from across the country have been meeting
with Members of Parliament and Senators to outline a series of
recommendations contained in a policy document entitled Public Education for the Public Good, available at www.cfs-fcee.ca.
The Canadian Federation of Students-BC is composed of post-secondary students from 15 universities and
colleges in every region in BC. Post-secondary students in Canada have
been represented by the Canadian Federation of Students and its
predecessor organizations since 1927.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - British Columbia
For further information:
Katie Marocchi, Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students-BC (604) 733-1880
Jessica McCormick, Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students (613) 232-7394