Students Welcome Election Commitments to Reduce Tuition Fees
HALIFAX – The Nova Scotia New Democratic Party and the Progressive Conservative Party of Nova Scotia have both announced their post-secondary education platforms. The PC party have pledged to bring university tuition fees down to the national average, while the NSNDP have committed to eliminating tuition fees at the Nova Scotia Community College and reducing tuition fees for university students by 10% over 4 years.
“Students are pleased to see at least two parties acknowledge the pressures of rising tuition fees and mounting student debt that are prohibiting the life choices of new graduates and even driving some students out of Nova Scotia,” said Charlotte Kiddell, Chairperson of Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia.
- Tuition fees in Nova Scotia are the second highest in Canada, at an average of $7,218 per year.
- Tuition fees in Nova Scotia are the fastest rising in Canada, increasing at an average rate of 5.6% last year.
- Students in Nova Scotia graduate with an average of $39,600 in student debt.
For years, students in Nova Scotia have been sounding the alarm on the growing inaccessibility of college and university education in the province.
“We will continue to call for the elimination of tuition fees for all students, at all levels of study,” said Kiddell, “Students will not accept any government cuts to our post-secondary institutions; our education system must be universal and fully funded.”
Students have launched a Vote Education campaign to encourage students and youth to vote and to push all political parties to include commitments to improve post-secondary education in their platforms. The Nova Scotia Liberals have yet to release their plans for post-secondary education.
“As we saw in the last federal election, students and youth vote in numbers when political parties prioritizes our issues, like tuition fees and student debt,” said Kiddell, “This can have a significant impact on who gets elected.”