Post-secondary students wonder how long tuition freeze will last

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Tom Marshall isn't saying what's in the new provincial budget, but students are hoping any restraints won't affect the freeze on tuition.
Post-secondary students are wondering how much longer the tuition freeze will last. (CBC)

Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Tom Marshall isn't saying what's in the new provincial budget, but students are hoping any restraints won't affect the freeze on tuition.

Fifteen years ago, the provincial government started freezing, then reducing, and again freezing tuition fees at Memorial University. 

The Canadian Federation of Students says this has given the province the most accessible post-secondary education system in the country.

Michael Walsh is chair of the Canadian Federation of Students Newfoundland and Labrador. (CBC)
Spokesperson Michael Walsh said they've seen nothing to worry about.

"Students have reported that they`re getting positive messages that students will be happy with the upcoming budget," said Walsh.

The freeze has been part of a government strategy to attract post-secondary students from outside the province.

The Marine Institute held a career fair on Thursday, giving students an opportunity to speak with potential employers who are based in and outside the province. 

Nagina Shrestha is a student at the Marine Institute in St. John's. (CBC)
NaginaShrestha, a student from Nepal, said staying here is the priority.

"That`s the reason I joined the Marine Institute," she said.

"I've been staying in the province anyways, I'm here for three years already. This is my fourth year here, and I would like to stay. I'm applying for all the work terms that are available ... I'd like to stay in St. John's. If not, I'll have to move if I don't get the work term here in St. John's or in the province." 

Meanwhile, Marshall is not commenting on other possible cuts to post-secondary education.


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