Appeared online and in print in the Ryersonian, Sept. 12, 2012

As Canadians struggle to recover from the recession, tuition costs across the country continue to rise, according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Numbers from Statistics Canada show that Canadian full-time undergraduate students are paying $5,581 on average for the 2012-2013 academic year, a five per cent jump from last year’s national average.

Erika Shaker, the co-author of the new CCPA report, said that an annual five per cent increase, which is more than triple the 1.3 per cent inflation rate, has become the standard.

“I think it’s just the sheer magnitude of the number at this point,” she said, “(The problem is) how much higher fees are getting and how quickly that’s happening.”

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