In recent decades government funding fell drastically for Canadian universities. As government funding lessened, tuition fees rose in order to accommodate for the drop in funds. This is a necessary and reasonable action for universities to take as universities need money to function. When a source of revenue wanes another source has to be exploited. However, the shift away from government funding and towards student fees has placed a greater burden on students, and this is not without consequences.
This section of Inequality Gaps illustrates some of the consequences of increased tuition, as well specifying the nature of these consequences. Finally, current student aid will be examined.