CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at 1356.cupe.ca This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Post-Secondary Education is becoming a luxury says OFL

Post-Secondary Education is becoming a luxury says OFL
There's no way raising tuition can make post-secondary education more accessible

"The latest reversal by the McGuinty Liberals, taking the freeze off tuition fees, will push student debt through the roof," said Terry Downey, OFL Executive Vice-President. "In some programs the fees will increase by as much as 20 percent. How can working families afford this?"

"Changes to the student financial assistance program mean that less than ten percent of families will qualify for grants. By raising tuitions McGuinty has just dropped thousands of post-secondary students into debt for years to come. With medical students already paying $16,000 a year who can afford to be a doctor? Or a lawyer or any other profession?" said Downey. The Canadian Federation of Students says that "for every dollar invested in student aid more than a dollar will be clawed back through tuition fee increases".

"Before Dalton McGuinty became Premier he campaigned on the promise, "We have a long-term plan to make sure more students have access to our colleges and universities," Downey said. "Instead, McGuinty has announced a huge tuition hike that throws thousands of Ontario students into debt."

McGuinty also stated on the campaign trail that, "We all lose when a student cannot afford post-secondary education." "Students and working families in Ontario just lost big time," Downey said. "There's no way that raising tuition can make post-secondary education more accessible to students."

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