Monday, September 04, 2006

Rising tuition: fact or fiction?

The Educational Policy Institute claims that rising tuition fees are partly a myth.

Roma Luciw, The Globe and Mail:
The new research shows that once government tax credits are taken into account, undergraduate university students, especially those from middle-income and wealthier homes, have little to complain about when it comes to tuition fees. In fact, students in provinces such as Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta have actually seen a decline in net tuition costs.
“We all hear stories about how rising tuition is creating a crisis,” said Alex Usher, author of the report and vice-president of the Educational Policy Institute, a think tank with offices in Toronto.
“The fact of the matter is, once inflation and tax benefits are taken into account, average costs are up by only 25 per cent in the 10 years, and not at all since 1999-2000.”
Emphasis is my own.
I'm in the same position as a student who fired off a letter to the editor. I work part-time, I rely on loans and I'm not eligible for the tax credits. This study is as weak as the tax credit plan.

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