The TRUSU Campaigns Committee was out on campus last week talking to students about the lack of need-based grants in BC.
“As the May 2017 provincial election approaches we are excited to be out on campus talking about financial aid as an important election issue,” said Vice President External Amber Storvold.
BC is one of the only provinces without a comprehensive system of need-based grants. Students in BC who can’t afford university are simply offered student loans, but in most other provinces there is a system of grants available that helps students with the rising cost of education.
“Other provinces are creating comprehensive grants systems to make tuition free for low income students, but BC relies on student loans with high interest rates.” said Storvold. “The average level of grants available to students across the country is over $4000 per year for a full time student, while in BC there are none available.”
On Monday, January 23 from 10:00am-1:00pm there will be a table set up again in Old Main for students to learn more about financial aid systems across Canada compared to BC.
Vice President External