Originally published in the Brandon Sun
Kerry Auriat’s March 25 column “Allowing Tuition Hikes Strikes Right Balance” improperly frames post-secondary education as an individual responsibility in order to justify increasing costs for students.
Auriat himself was able to benefit from both the benefits of strong public investments in post-secondary education, and the fact that upon graduation, he entered a job market where one could reasonably expect to get a full-time, well-paying job. It is unfortunate that he supports a political decision to increase the distance between his experiences in education and experiences of students like myself.Read more
Originally published as an Op-Ed in the Ottawa Citizen
Finance Minister Bill Morneau lauded the 2017 federal budget as the budget that will “help Canadians get the skills they need to drive our economy forward.” What the budget fails to address is the significant price tag on learning and skills training in this country: tuition fees.
Originally published in The Manitoban
Over the past two years, I have had the great pleasure of working with and representing students in Manitoba. While serving as the provincial chairperson of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Federation of Students, I’ve heard many concerns, experiences, and anxieties from students.
My role, primarily, involves listening.
On Thursday February 2, Carleton University’s Board of Governors is voting to increase students’ tuition fees. Carleton U is attempting to jam through two years of tuition fee increases at this meeting in an attempt to cut out student voices by eliminating the opportunity for students to mobilize against fee increases next year.
Senior administration is recommending that the Board of Governors pass a number of tuition fee increases, ranging from 6% for domestic students in non-professional programs to 16% for international students studying professional programs, over two years. Considering average tuition fees for these students are already $8,114 per year and $29,761 per year respectively, these fee increases amount to an additional several hundred dollars (several thousand for international students!). Carleton is planning to continue making money on the backs of international students by upholding xenophobic differential fees that charge international students 3.7 times more for the same education as domestic students.
On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, thousands of students fighting for free education in Canada took action on 58 campuses in 36 cities across every province.
We have never been so bold in our demand for free education now. November 2 marked a point from which the Canadian Federation of Students will not turn back. Exorbitant tuition fees and record levels of student debt have created a crisis that demands fundamental change. The only solution is the outright elimination of tuition fees in favour of a universal system of public post-secondary education.Read more
President of Local 36 (Grenfell Campus Student Union) and International Constituency Commissioner of the Canadian Federation of Students
Picture this – two students sitting in the same classroom, reading the same textbooks, and learning the same material. But one is paying $6,373/year to be there, and other is paying $23,589/year to be there. This is the reality in every single province across Canada, as successive governments have allowed post-secondary institutions to charge exorbitant differential tuition fees for international students.Read more
Originally published in the Huffington Post Canada
By Bilan Arte, National Chairperson
For as long as I've been a student, I've heard experts, politicians and even some of my own classmates say that "free tuition" is a bad idea.
I've been told that free tuition is "wrong", or "self-interested". Why? Because those who get to college or university are already privileged. Why should our society subsidize them?Read more
Are you a student at:
- College of the North Atlantic (Prince Philip Drive Campus)
- George Brown College,
- Dalhousie University,
- Brock University,
- Lakehead University at Orillia
- The University of Guelph,
- Brandon University,
- Laurentian University,
- Ryerson University,
- The University of Windsor,
- Memorial University,
- University of King's College,
- Algoma University,
- The University of Toronto,
- York University,
- The University of Winnipeg or
- Université de Saint-Boniface?
If so, your student union has won you Academic Amnesty or Academic Accomodations for the national Day of Action on November 2nd!Read more
Originally published in The Leveller, Vol. 9. No. 1
By Jenna Amirault
Ontario’s Liberal government has pushed for privatized and multi-tiered educational reform since 2003. The Liberals have increasingly sought to tie universities’ funding to strategic mandate agreements and performance-based outcomes.Read more
“I’ll sit here and study until you shoot me for having a book in my hand”. A student blocks the entrance of the University of Witwatersrand. Photo from @LindokuhlXulu1
The Canadian Federation of Students, representing more than 650,000 students, stands in solidarity with students in South Africa who are fighting for free, decolonized education in their country.Read more