It's Time to Think Big: Students Make the Case for Free Tuition in New Paper

OTTAWA, Oct. 13, 2016 /CNW/ - The case for free tuition is made clear through a paper released today by the Canadian Federation of Students. Time to Think Big: The Case for Free Tuition in Canada is a call-to-action to save Canada's underfunded and inaccessible post-secondary education (PSE) sector.

"Free tuition is not some millennial pipe dream, it follows generations of activism and growing momentum in Canada and around the world," said Bilan Arte, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students, "Today, because of high tuition fees, students, especially Indigenous, racialised, queer and trans students and students with disabilities are prevented from accessing public education. My student movement demands universal access."

The paper makes the case for free tuition through four arguments

  1. Our post-secondary education system is broken
  2. We must learn from our history
  3. We need fundamental change
  4. Free tuition is possible

"From Ontario and New Brunswick to the United States, Chile and Germany, there is movement towards free tuition because students, graduates and our families have demanded a leap forward," continued Arte. "On November 2nd, 2016, join Canada's student movement as we take to the streets to call for fundamental change and universal access to education."

The Canadian Federation of Students is organizing a Day of Action on November 2nd, 2016 with events in 15 cities and counting. Students are calling for universal access to public post-secondary education, education justice for all learners, and public education for the public good.

Download Time to Think Big: The Case for Free Tuition at

The Canadian Federation of Students is the oldest and largest national student organization in Canada, representing over 650,000 college, undergraduate and graduate students across the country.


SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students

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