TORONTO, Feb. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Students are calling on Premier Kathleen
Wynne to take immediate and decisive action to make post-secondary
education more affordable by establishing a new tuition fee framework
that cuts tuition fees for all students. The current Reaching Higher framework is set to expire this fall.
"Under Dalton McGuinty's watch, tuition fees have increased to record
high levels, leaving students in Ontario paying the highest fees in the
country," said Sarah Jayne King, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation
of Students-Ontario. "It's time for the Liberal government to turn a
new page on tuition fee policy and work to remove the financial
barriers to accessing post-secondary education in this province."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario released Changing Priorities: Moving Towards Affordable Post-Secondary Education today, recommending the government implement a multi-year tuition fee
framework that reduces tuition fees by 30 per cent over three years,
establishes a long-term plan to progressively eliminate tuition fees
and ensures that tuition fee billing policies and practices are fair
The Reaching Higher framework has allowed tuition fees to increase by five to eight per
cent each year since 2006. The framework was supposed to expire in
2010, but has been renewed for the past three years. Under Reaching Higher, tuition fees have increased as much as 71 per cent in Ontario and
student debt owed to the provincial government has more than doubled.
"Investing in post-secondary education and building a healthy economy is
a matter of priorities," said King. "The provincial government has the
capacity to make universal, publicly-funded college and university
education a reality. To start, the Premier should make good on the
Liberal election commitment and truly reduce tuition fees by 30 per
cent for all students."
Read Changing Priorities: Moving Towards Affordable Post-Secondary Education here.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents over 300,000
students in all regions of the province. The Canadian Federation of
Students is Canada's largest and oldest student organization.
Image with caption: "Changing priorities: Ontario could afford to eliminate tuition fees (CNW Group/Canadian Federation of Students)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130221_C7381_PHOTO_EN_23943.jpg
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students
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