Crash Course

They call it higher education, but the only thing getting higher on campuses these days are the fees. Fed-up students hit the street last week to stop the fleecing. Here's Finances 101


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FREEZE TUITION FEES

The CFS is tactically crafty. While it actually supports the total abolition of tuition so every young person in the country can aspire to higher ed, given the current political realities a tuition freeze and an end to deregulation would be a nice start.

BREAKING THE BANK

What this student will fork over for 2001/02 tuition at an Ontario university: $4,062 (second-highest in Canada)

Total for a four year degree: $16,248

Room and board: $6,000 a year

Books: $800 per year

Grand total for four years (not including other expenses): $43,448

Amount tuition rose nationally between 1991 and 2001: 126.2 per cent

Amount inflation increased over same period: 20.6 per cent

QUEBEC COSTS LESS

If this student were a Quebec resident, her tuition would be $1,668 (frozen for the past five years).

IN HOCK

Average level of debt for a student graduating from a four-year undergrad program: $25,000

Average debt in 1990: $8,000

If this student were seeking a commerce degree, it would cost:

Tuition in 2000: $4,344

Total for a four-year degree: $17,376

Tuition in 1996: $2,921

EDUCATION IS A RIGHT

In your dreams. The Harris Tories think only rich people need access to academia. They’ve been angling for tuition deregulation and more corporate sponsorship so business can dabble in curriculum. Nasty.

CANADIAN FEDERATION OF STUDENTS

Represents 425,000 college and university students coast to coast. Organized a major day of action last week and supported a sit-in at University of Guelph. Widely reported protests at Queen’s University forced Tories to back off on an announcement touting tuition deregulation.

If this student were seeking an engineering degree, it would cost:

Tuition in 2000: $4,581

Total for a four-year degree: $18,324

Tuition in 1996: $3,138

If this student were seeking a science degree, it would cost:

Tuition in 2000: $3,950

Total for a four-year degree: $15,800

Tuition in 1996: $2,920

FEDS FLUNK

Amount cut from post-secondary education funding since 1993: $7 billion

Amount feds will commit to Millennium Scholarship Fund in each of the next 10 years: $250 million

Percentage of 750,000 students nationwide who need assistance who will be eligible for scholarship money: 8

Research assistance by Dana Borcea

Source: Canadian Federation of StudentsThey call it higher education, but the only thing getting higher on campuses these days are the fees. Fed-up students hit the streets last week to stop the fleecing. Here’s Finances 101.Crash course

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