Saskatchewan students face tuition fee increases for third year in a row

REGINA, SK, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Students returning to university and college will be paying three percent more in tuition fees this September. This tuition fee increase comes a year after students in Saskatchewan faced one of the highest tuition fee increases in the country.

"Tuition fees are one of the largest barriers to getting a post-secondary education," said Haanim Nur, Saskatchewan Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "Tuition fees are the symptom of government underfunding, not a cure."

Three years after a tuition fee freeze was lifted students have faced over 11 percent in increases. The average tuition fees for students in Saskatchewan are $5,431 for undergraduate students and $3,271 for graduate students. Graduate students also have limited access to provincial research funding in all fields of study.

"Saskatchewan has weathered the global recession and has seen a growth in the GDP," said Nur. "There is no excuse for underfunding post-secondary education."

With a provincial election in November students are looking for commitments from candidates to make accessible post-secondary education a priority.

The Canadian Federation of Students represents students at the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan and more than one-half million students in all ten provinces. The Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organisations have represented students in Canada since 1927.

SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students

For further information:

Haanim Nur, Saskatchewan Chairperson: (306) 351-8972

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