With files from Niamh Anderson
Students in B.C. have been hit with a 2.5 per cent increase in tuition fees in the past year, according to new stats released.
The average undergrad now pays $6,373 each year to attend university.
Stats Canada released data showing that declining public investment is driving up costs for post-secondary education.
National Chairwoman for The Canadian Federation of Students, Bilan Arte, says students are having to juggle multiple jobs to keep up with costs.
“A lot of young people are balancing two or three jobs on top of getting their post secondary education and we all know how stressful a full course load can be. Imagine doing that and having two to three jobs to balance at the same time just to be able to afford to be able to go to school.”
The Canadian Federation of Students is now calling for the government to scrap tuition fees across the country.
“It is possible to have a fully public post secondary education in this country by eliminating tuition fees. Students are going to be taking action on November 2, it’s our national day of action. Major cities in almost every province, students are going to be taking to the streets demanding to see action on this front.”
Undergrads now pay 40 per cent more in tuition fees than they did ten years ago.