Tuition Fees Rise Faster than Inflation in 2007 - Provincial Disparities Still Staggering

    OTTAWA, Oct. 18 /CNW Telbec/ - Pressure from students and their families
have kept tuition fee increases to a minimum in fall 2007, but financial
barriers to university and college are still increasing faster than the rate
of inflation. The Canadian Federation of Students is calling on the federal
government to increase federal funding for post-secondary education to
previous levels to help make post-secondary education more affordable.
    "The federal government should take immediate action so that students in
every province can have access to affordable post-secondary education," said
Amanda Aziz, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
"Students and their families deserve protection from tuition fee increases."
    According to the annual Statistics Canada tuition fee data released
today, average tuition fees increased by 2.8% over 2006, which was in part
offset by increases as high as 26% in additional "compulsory fees". Average
tuition fees for fall 2007 were $4,524, but ranged from $2,633 in Newfoundland
and Labrador to over $6,400 for non-resident students in Nova Scotia. The
Canadian Federation of Students says that weak provincial leadership and
lacklustre federal funding are to blame.
    "Canadians expect that access to higher education should be determined by
how hard you study, not by how much money you have," said Aziz. "Tuition fees
and student debt still contribute to a tremendous inequality of access across
family background and between regions."
    Recent Canadian research has demonstrated that financial barriers, such
as tuition fees, continue to prevent many young people from enrolling in
post-secondary education. Financial considerations also lead to thousands of
students withdrawing from their program before graduation.

For further information:

For further information: Amanda Aziz, National Chairperson, (613)
232-7394, ext. 21; Ian Boyko, Government Relations Coordinator, (613)
232-7394, ext. 22

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