CCPA report recommends Saskatchewan develop program of managed tuition reductions

November 4, 2011

Successive Saskatchewan governments in the past decade have introduced a number of policy responses to make university more affordable; however, the results of these efforts have not been impressive, concludes a new Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report -- tuition fees are still very high when compared to other provinces, student debt continues to rise, the administrative bureaucracy managing the student loan system keeps growing, and government debt obligations required to fund the Graduate Retention program will inflate as pledges to provide additional rebates are made. The report recommends the Saskatchewan government develop a program of managed tuition reductions, phasing this in over several years. One example is to roll back tuition fees gradually until they reach 15% of total university revenue. Another option could be reducing tuition fees until they approximate those of the 3 provinces that have adopted a low-tuition model -- Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Quebec. Regina Leader-Post | Read the report