The Student Government at the University of Alberta is happy the Liberals are keeping a campaign promise to help ease the financial pressure on post-secondary students.
This year, the Federal Government is increasing the amount of non-repayable grants that low-income students can apply for.
Vice-President Academic is Marina Banister. She tells the Alberta Morning News this simple change will remove significant barriers for those students.
“We don’t want them to be fretting about where their meal is coming from that night because of money issues, or if they’re going to have a place to sleep,” she says, “because the money they’re paying towards their education also needs to also go towards living.”
Banister says it’s these kind of investments that have both long, and short term benefits.
“So having this increased amount of money subsidized and help these students get this education will not only make them better citizens once they graduate,” she says, “but they will also be more able to focus on their education.”
And as for grads, they’re also getting a break: Banister is happy to see a raised income threshold for graduates seeking loan repayment assistance from $20,000 a year incomes, to $25,000 a year. She says she hopes the threshold will continue to increase, since even $25,000 isn’t much to live on.