TORONTO - The New Democrats say they'll freeze university and college tuition for four years if they're elected Oct. 6.

They also pledge to scrap the interest on the provincial portion of student loans, which they say would allow students to save $60 a year on $25,000 of debt.

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath released the party's post-secondary education platform this morning at Ryerson University in Toronto.

The Ontario branch of the Canadian Federation of Students says the plan is a good first step towards making education more affordable.

 

The Liberals have also made education a focus of their campaign, promising a 30 per cent reduction in university tuition fees for families earning less than $160,000 a year.

The Progressive Conservatives have vowed to pour an additional $2 billion into the education system over four years.

The NDP says its program will cost $110 million in the first year, $195 million the second, $280 million the third and $365 million the fourth.

It plans to reimburse universities and colleges for the lost revenue through the provincial transfer system.

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