VANCOUVER, Sept. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - The biggest financial barrier to
education only got bigger this year in BC. Tuition fees have climbed
over $4,800 at BC universities, according to a new study released today
by Statistics Canada. For the tenth consecutive year tuition fees in
British Columbia will increase.
"Recent polling shows overwhelming support for reducing tuition fees,
but the BC government isn't listening," said Zach Crispin, Chairperson
of the Canadian Federation of Students-British Columbia.
"Post-secondary education in BC is a debt sentence."
Average student debt in British Columbia is estimated to be over $27,000
after a four year program, the highest provincial average West of the
Maritimes. With compound interest over a ten-year repayment period,
that figure balloons to $34,000.
"A system of student loans places an unfair burden on low income and
marginalized students by making them pay more for their education. This
underscores the pressing need to restore the BC grants program," said
Tuition fees are the single largest expense for most university and
college students, and are increasing more than any other cost faced by
students, having more than doubled since 2001. Higher tuition fees
means more money out of pocket for working families in British
More information is available at http://bit.ly/pRfD11
August 2011 polling on education issues in BC can be found at http://db.tt/QCuWLD7
The Canadian Federation of Students-BC is composed of 150,000 students
in British Columbia from 17 university and college students' unions.
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:
Zach Crispin, BC Chairperson at 604-733-1880
Ian Boyko, Research and Communications Officer at 604-733-1880