CNC Contest Highlights Debt Burden Students Face
Prince George, B.C. – Thirty lucky students at the College of New Caledonia have a chance to win a $1,000 prize.
It’s all thanks to a contest launched by the college’s Faculty Association and aims to help them pay off a portion of their debt load.
“What we’re trying to do is bring awareness to the barriers students are facing with the cost of their education,” says president Bill Deutch.
“So, to offset those costs we’re inviting students to submit either a two-page essay or a short video clip. The video clip doesn’t have to be fantastic – not Angelina Jolie quality – it can just be raw video of the barriers to education and what they expect to get out of CNC as a training institution.”
He says some of the stories he’s heard surrounding student debt are heartbreaking.
“One woman, she told me the other day that by the time she’s finished her education, she’s gonna owe $90,000.”
Deutch says that woman is not alone noting students are paying a massive 400 per cent increase in tuition since 2002.
“In fact, students pay over 1 billion dollars more in tuition than they did 15 years ago, leaving too many middle and lower income families in debt or locked out of getting a good post-secondary education.”
He says the contest is part of the Open Door campaign happening at post-secondary institutions around the province. Students have until Feb.10, 2017 to enter their submissions and the winners will be announced March 7.
The prizes are coming out of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators defense fund. The contest is open to students at all CNC campuses. Learn more by clicking here.