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Low tuition curbs student debt

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U of M law students attend a lecture in September 2012.

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U of M law students attend a lecture in September 2012.

Re: U of M president targets low tuition (May 23). In the midst of tough fiscal decisions being made by provincial governments across Canada, students in Manitoba recognize that our government has distinguished itself by maintaining its commitment to funding our education and investing in future generations.

I am chairwoman-elect of the Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba, and what this article fails to mention is that by maintaining high levels of funding, we should be proud that Manitoba is a leader in protecting quality, accessible and affordable post-secondary education.

We have seen governments in both Alberta and Ontario introduce massive cuts to educational funding, subsequently proliferating existing financial barriers. Through its existing regulation on tuition-fee increases, Manitoba has positively addressed the reality of skyrocketing levels of student debt and it has made our province a choice destination for quality and, most important, affordable education for students.

Research has repeatedly shown that lower tuition fees results in students with decreased debt levels. By maintaining tuition-fee regulation, the future generation will have higher purchasing power, more community engagement and improved quality of life resulting in a flourishing Manitoban economy.

BILAN ARTE

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 25, 2013 A16

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