To:

The Office of the Premier

Confederation Building, East Block

P.O. Box 8700

St. John’s, NL

A1B 4J6

 

Dear Premier Paul Davis,

I write to you on behalf of the Carleton University Graduate Students’ Association, which represents over 3,700 graduate students. In solidarity with the students of Memorial University, we call on the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador to restore funding to Memorial University to reinstate the tuition freeze.

Increasing tuition limits the ability of qualified students to pursue a post-secondary education and disproportionately affects those who cannot afford this tuition fee upfront. Accessible post-secondary education does not only benefit students, it plays a key role in the social, economic, and cultural well being of societies. A well-educated population is vital in building a highly skilled workforce to drive the province’s economic recovery.

Data obtained by your government reveals that the tuition fee freeze has successfully attracted and retained youth, as approximately 86% of post-secondary graduates remain in Newfoundland and Labrador after graduation. The data also demonstrates that graduate student enrolment at Memorial University has increased by approximately 225% since the tuition fee freeze for graduate students was implemented.

Decreasing the amount of post-secondary education funding will come with grave consequences for the province. It is important that Newfoundland and Labrador continues its 15 year legacy and keeps the freeze for all students studying in the province. This decision will benefit the province, Memorial University and the students.

Sincerely,

Alannah James

Vice President Academic