Canadian Federation of Students

Canadian Federation of Students

October 27, 2006 12:30 ET

Canadian Federation of Students: Tuition Fee Reduction is a Step in the Right Direction

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 27, 2006) - The Nova Scotia government's decision to finally reduce tuition fees for most students is a welcomed policy change, according to the Canadian Federation of Students.

"Reducing tuition fees is the most important policy for improving access to post-secondary education," said Chris Parsons, Nova Scotia Representative of the Canadian Federation of Students. "Today's eight percent fee reduction is a positive policy reversal given the massive increases over the past decade."

Nova Scotia will receive $28 million over the next two years from the federal government as part of an amendment to the 2006 federal budget. Just over $20 million will be used to reduce tuition fees for permanent residents of Nova Scotia, while the remaining funds will be allocated to grants for low-income students and grants to improve access to apprenticeship training.

Tuition fees in Nova Scotia are the highest in the country, at an average of $6,571 per year for an undergraduate program. High tuition fees have caused average student debt to exceed $28,000 for an undergraduate degree. Earlier this week the Association of Atlantic Universities announced that enrollment at Nova Scotia universities is dropping.

However, the Nova Scotia Government's plan to reduce tuition fees for roughly two-thirds of students in the province is a disappointment for thousands of students who now call Nova Scotia their home. Only students studying at a Nova Scotia university that are permanent residents of Nova Scotia will be eligible for the $440 tuition fee reduction. A system in which students are discriminated against based on their province of origin troubles the province's students.

"No Canadian should be discriminated against based on where they grew up," said Parsons. "Discrimination isn't exactly East coast hospitality."

The Canadian Federation of Students will host a media conference at University of King's College immediately following the government announcement.

The Canadian Federation of Students, Canada's national student movement, is comprised of nearly one-half million students from over 70 college and university students' unions. Students in Canada have been represented by the Canadian Federation of Students and its predecessor organisations since 1927

Contact Information

  • Nova Scotia National Executive Representative
    Chris Parsons
    902-222-1773 (Cell)