Students concerned that the Liberal platform does not address tuition fees and student debt

TORONTO, Sept. 5, 2011 /CNW/ - Students welcome the significant funding injection dedicated by the Liberal platform announced today but are concerned that money spent on the cost of bureaucracy would be better spent addressing tuition fees and student debt directly. The creation of new satellite university campuses where there will be no graduate student education or research is of additional concern.

"We are extremely concerned that today's announcement does not commit to establishing tuition fee rates, or address the high levels of student debt," said Sandy Hudson chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario. "The Liberal government knows that students are drowning in high fees and have missed a major opportunity to reduce our upfront costs."

Existing satellite campuses in Ontario have been plagued by low educational quality and confusing governance structures where local autonomy is trumped by decision makers in another region of the province. Students have been highly critical of any plans to expand undergraduate education while at the same time not hiring more professors or guaranteeing that all the courses students require to finish their degrees will be available.

"The pressure is on the Liberal party to improve today's announcement by stopping their policies of tuition fee hikes rather than offering a new grant scheme to justify their own bad policy," said Hudson. "Students and Ontarians in general are clear in their support for lower fees and we hope that the party will change their course of action and start freezing or reducing our costs."

Under the Liberal government, Ontario became the most expensive province in which to study. Students have launched the Take It Over campaign to encourage students to vote and promote policies that make post-secondary education more affordable.

The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000 undergraduate and graduate students at colleges and universities in all regions of the province.

SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students

For further information:

Nora Loreto at 416-846-6672 or at communications@cfsontario.ca


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