Tuition study confirms need for access agenda for post-secondary education

    OTTAWA, Oct. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Tuition fees increased 3.6% according to
Statistics Canada's university tuition study that was released this morning;
the average price paid by undergraduate students in Canada is $4,724. The
average Consumer Price Index over the same period was approximately 2.4%, a
full percentage point below the rise of tuition fees.
    "This increase to the cost of higher education poses serious problems for
students in Canada who are already faced with barriers to accessing
post-secondary education, especially those with high financial need and
students from low income backgrounds, such as Aboriginal students, rural and
northern students, and students with disabilities," Zach Churchill, National
Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations. "Rising tuition
affects all students, but it is more damaging for students who are currently
underrepresented in the system."
    It is crucial that the government make it a priority to increase access
to higher education by providing up-front grants targeted to these students
who are most vulnerable to increases in tuition. They must also provide
predictable long-term funding to the higher education system in order to keep
tuition fees down in the future. "On October 14th, Canadians will make a
choice to elect not only a government but to vote for a plan for the future of
the country. Our economic and social prosperity hinges on the ability of all
Canadians to participate fully and equally in our post-secondary education
system," said Churchill. "Full participation in post-secondary education by
all Canadians guarantees our ability to compete in a global economy and
provide better life opportunities for our citizens."

    The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan,
not-for-profit national student organization composed of 23 student
associations, representing 300,000 students from coast to coast.

For further information:

For further information: Jillian Flake, Public Relations and
Communications Officer CASA, (613) 236-3457 ext. 224 (c), (613) 868-6605,

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