Instead increases will be capped at 3%
For the first time in three years, Nova Scotia students will see their tuition increase, a government source told the Chronicle Herald. A tuition freeze was implemented in 2008, by the then Conservative government, when the province had the highest tuition fees in the country. Today, tuition in Nova Scotia’s is the third highest after Ontario and New Brunswick. In place of a freeze, Darrell Dexter’s NDP government “will announce tomorrow that it will cap university increases annually at three per cent,” the government source said. The province also plans to spend $29 million to continue a student bursary program that sees $1,283 transferred to in-province students and $261 for out-of-province students. Previously, there had been concerns that the bursaries would be phased out because the program was set up with a $65 million endowment that is set to expire this year.