VANCOUVER, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - British Columbia's record high student
debt is a concern for the majority of it's citizens, according to a new
poll released by Ipsos commissioned by the Federation of Post Secondary
Educators of BC (FPSE) and the Canadian Federation of Students-BC
"University and college education in BC is a debt sentence," said Zach
Crispin, Chairperson of the CFS-BC. "The BC government needs to take
action to reduce tuition fees and to eliminate student debt."
Highlights of the poll include:
92% of British Columbians think that high tuition fees are making it
difficult for low-income families to participate in post-secondary
87% want tuition fees frozen or reduced in BC
Only 33% of British Columbians approve of the BC Liberals' handling of
post-secondary education issues
"Saddling this generation of students with massive debt is no way to
ensure a prosperous future for British Columbia. This polls shows that
the people of BC want affordable education in BC to be a priority,"
said Cindy Oliver, President of the FPSE.
At $27,000 after a four-year program, student debt in BC has never been
higher. BC ranks dead-last among the provinces in grants and other
student aid disbursements.
A summary of the poll can be downloaded at http://db.tt/QCuWLD7
The Canadian Federation of Students-BC is composed of 150,000 students
in British Columbia from 17 universities and colleges. Post-secondary
students in Canada have been represented by the Canadian Federation of
Students and its predecessor organisations 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 778.686.7939 (cell)