Our Federation voices students’ issues and concerns to government, while conducting in-depth research to support policy recommendations. Lobbying and accurate research are only effective when students are actively engaged in campaigns to influence the decisions and policies of government.

 

Because of ever-increasing tuition fees, students are graduating with debt loads that are higher than ever. Average student debt for an undergraduate degree in Canada is now over $30,000.
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BC’s future depends on an educated, skilled workforce. But underfunding in the last two decades has led to skyrocketing fees and putting post-secondary education out of reach for too many young people.
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Due to government underfunding, institutions have come to depend on the revenue they receive from increasing fees for international students.
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The high cost of textbooks is creating obstacles for students to be successful in classes. Since 2002, the cost of textbooks has nearly doubled. In fact, 26% of BC students choose to not register for a course due to textbook costs, which negatively impacts their academic career.
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Many of the disadvantages facing Indigenous peoples such as unemployment and lower incomes can be traced back to the gap in educational attainment between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. In order for true reconciliation to be achieved, the government needs to take steps to reducing the attainment gap.
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The Federation has joined the University of Victoria, the University of Victoria Students’ Society, and the Anti-Violence Project to fight against the prevalence of rape culture and sexualized violence through their Let’s Get Consensual campaign.
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