Students launch campaign for 2-year tuition freeze
Student leaders from the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina kicked off a campaign for a two-year provincial tuition freeze at at news conference on campus Nov. 16.
Armed with a just-released study by U of S Professor Emeritus John Conway, the University’s Students’ Union President, Gavin Gardiner, said the province is “behind the times” on tuition regulation.
“A two-year, fully funded tuition freeze, where the universities are supported by the government for lost revenue, would help students immeasurably,” Gardiner said.
Conway’s study said Saskatchewan students pay the third-highest tuitions in Canada. Also, 63 per cent of Saskatchewan graduates have debt, while the national average is just 53 per cent.
Conway estimated the cost of a two-year tuition freeze would be $4.7 million in 2005-06 and $4.4 million in 2006-07.
Nicole Berard of the Canadian Federation of Students, said the government needs to be more active in ensuring access to higher education.