Volume 12, Number 7 November 19, 2004

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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.


For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca


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