Higher tuition fees in Manitoba will reduce university participation of youth from lower-income families, and discourage students from pursuing public interest careers, according to a report released today by the Manitoba Organization of Faculty Associations (MOFA).

Key findings of the report include:

  • Tuition fee hikes negatively impact enrollment among low-income students;
  • Tuition fee hikes increase enrollment inequality, with students from well-off families taking the place of those from more modest backgrounds.
  • Higher tuition fees are linked to heavier debt loads for students at graduation.
  • Higher student debt impacts career choice, with students less likely to pursue public interest jobs.

With the potential for tuition to more than double over the next 10 years, the detriment to low income students will be great and ultimately cost Manitobans the opportunity to pursue higher education.

To read the full report, click here.