FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick Student Alliance is urging the provincial government to take action after a new map ranks it first among the provinces by degree of student debt.
Executive director Lindsay Handren says the map — produced by Consolidated Credit Counseling Services — also shows New Brunswick ranked second in terms of tuition fees.
She says students in the province graduating with debt owe an average of $35,200, while the national average is $22,300.
Handren says the data was first released last year, but the government has yet to take any concrete steps to reduce student debt.
She says the higher a student's debt, the more likely it is they will leave the province after graduation.
The Canadian Press