Friday, February 25th, 2011

New Website Shares Student Debt Nightmares

Student Debt

The site features Polaroid-like snapshots with messages that voice students frustration.

Everyone has heard the term “starving student,” but The Canadian Federation of Students wants starving students to be heard.

The federation recently launched a new website to publish stories about the sacrifices that students and their families have had to make to afford post-secondary education.

“Record high tuition fees have forced today’s students to make remarkable sacrifices to afford their education,” said David Molenhuis, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.

Educationisaright.ca features Polaroid-like snapshots of students from across Canada, with messages that voice their frustration surrounding tuition and student debt. Students like Emmanuel Dadzie of York University who says “Education should be accessible, not congestible.”

More than five thousand students have already contributed a photo or story to the website, sharing their struggles to afford their education. The site encourages students to share stories via text or photo, while giving them a portal to link to their Facebook or Twitter accounts.

“With household debt at historic levels, burying students in billions of dollars of debt threatens to bankrupt a generation,” added Molenhuis. “Canada needs a national strategy to reduce tuition fees and student debt.”

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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