CJOB News Team reporting
Marakary Bayo, Manitoba Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students says continued increases in tuition fees and fewer grants and scholarships will further reduce access to post-secondary education in the province despite a 5.3% increase to institutional funding.
Bayo says as a result, students and their families will be struggling more than ever to attend university or college.
The Manitoba budget sets out tuition fee increases at the rate of inflation over the coming years, undermining the impact of marginal increases to provincial bursary and aboriginal access programs. Since the end of the tuition fee freeze in 2009, tuition fees have increased over 12.5%, while the average student debt has risen to $20,000.