Eduflation: University education in Canada becoming even less affordable

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A new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives looks at trends in tuition and compulsory fees in Canada since 1990, projects fees for each province for the next four years, and examines the impact on affordability for median- and low-income families using a Cost of Learning Index.

The report shows that since 1990, tuition fees across the country have been rising faster then incomes and that provinces are raising fees and focusing on after-the-fact assistance such as debit relief, or tax credits.

“While this can provide some modest relief for students who qualify, it does not help with the upfront costs: you can’t pay your university bill with a tax credit,” says Erika Shaker, co-author of the study and director of the CCPA’s education project.

Nor does it help students from low income families afford a post secondary education to begin with.