Following-up on yesterday's post on the student loan system and post-secondary education, the student newspaper of my alma mater, Carleton University's The Charlatan, reports on a Statistics Canada report that shows Ontario registered the highest tuition increase in the country this year, at 5.4 per cent.
With students struggling to pay their tuition fees, news that Ontario students pay more than anywhere else in Canada has many Carleton students wondering why.
A Statistics Canada report released Sept. 16 found Ontario students faced the highest increase in tuition, at 5.4 per cent for undergraduate students, and paid the highest tuition at $6,307 on average.
To add a little perspective, when I started at Carleton back in 1996, tuition was just over $3000, around $3100 if I recall correctly. Four years later, it was just under $4000. Those were the Mike Harris years, of course, and tuition skyrocketed. Things seem to have gotten little better since though, with tuition now having DOUBLED since I started as an undergrad 14 years ago (ok, now that makes me feel old.)
Have average salaries doubled over the last 14 years? Not even close. It's undeniable that we are saddling students with greater and greater debt loads than we did past generations. It's not smart, it's not sustainable, and it will have consequences.Recommend this Post on Progressive Bloggers