/R E P E A T -- Media Advisory - Students available to comment on 2015 Federal Budget/

OTTAWA, April 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Students will be available to comment on the 2015 Federal Budget immediately following its release on Tuesday, April 21. During pre-budget consultations, the Canadian Federation of Students recommended increasing funding to the provinces for post-secondary education, redirecting funding from education tax credits and savings schemes into upfront grants, reducing existing student debt, and strengthening financial support for Aboriginal students.


Despite the federal government's recent announcement to expand access to the Canada Student Grants Program, no additional funding has been announced for the program.

National student debt has surpassed $15 billion. As of September 2014, more than 178,000 Canadians were unable to make any payments on their student loans.

Tuition fees in Canada range from $2,631 (Newfoundland and Labrador) to  $7,539 (Ontario) and have increased at five times the rate of inflation since the mid 1990s.

More than 20,000 First Nations students are currently on a waiting list to receive funding to pursue post-secondary education. Annual funding increases have been capped at 2 percent since 1996.



Canadian Federation of Students responds to 2015 Federal Budget


Tuesday, April 21, 2015


4:00 p.m.


Parliament Hill, Centre Block


Bilan Arte, Deputy Chairperson, 613-882-7654


The Canadian Federation of Students is Canada's largest student organisation, uniting more than one-half million students across the country. The Federation and its predecessor organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.

SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students

For further information: Bilan Arte, National Deputy Chairperson, 613-882-7654; Anne-Marie Roy, Francophone Representative, 613-218-1138


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