Nova Scotia tuition hikes among the highest in Canada in 2018-19

New data from Statistics Canada shows Nova Scotia had the second highest tuition fee hike in the country this year.

Undergraduate tuition went from an average of $7,718 in 2017-18 to $8,153 in 2018-19, an increase of around 5.6 per cent.

Manitoba had the highest jump at 6.5 per cent, while the Canadian average was just 3.3 per cent.

For graduate programs, tuition rose 3.2 per cent from last year in Nova Scotia.

That's the third highest in Canada and once again above the national average of 2.4 per cent.

Aidan McNally, Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia, says the Liberals' tuition fee policy "is a disaster for students and has resulted in a crisis of affordability in post-secondary education."

McNally says this fall is a crucial moment for students and all Nova Scotians as the agreement that determines tuition fees and government funding for universities is up for renegotiation.