With files from Jeremy Lye
Thousands of students are forced to take out massive loans, and some are refusing to even enroll.
That’s the scenario spelled out today by the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators amid rising tuition and service fees.
FPSE president George Davison, whose organization represents staff at B.C.’s universities and colleges, says where government put up a lot of the funding, it’s now increasingly falling onto students.
“We see that in the kind of debt that students come out with when they finish a degree or don’t finish a degree.”
Davison says government funding for post-secondary education in per student operating grants has declined by more than 20 per cent since 2001.
Meanwhile, Davison says government revenues from tuition fees having increased by almost 400 per cent since the same year.