Province working on bursary promise

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The provincial government is working on the details of delivering a second bursary to Island university students.

When the Liberal government was re-elected, one of the promises made was to deliver an additional $2,000 bursary for students enrolled in their fourth year in a UPEI program four years or longer in length.

Allen Roach, minister of innovation and advanced learning, said the government plans to follow through on that promise.

The government has been working out the details with UPEI since the start, he said.

"We are working on the final details with the university," Roach said. "All the planning is done and the formal announcement shouldn't be too far down the road."

The bursary will not apply to students in post-secondary education outside of UPEI, however.

"This is a part of UPEI's George Coles Bursary and will be for students in their fourth year of education," he said.

Roach was speaking in reaction to a release from UPEI student union president Rob Livingstone calling on the province to stand by its election promise and deliver on the George Coles Graduate Scholarship to current fourth-year post-secondary students on P.E.I., starting in 2012.

Livingstone said he is concerned graduating students this spring may be left out before bursaries are handed out.

 

Organizations: Island university, UPEI student union

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  • Off Island
    January 26, 2012 - 12:52

    Silly me for leaving the island to pursue an education. I guess everyone who left to broaden themselves is unworthy of assistance in the governments eyes. I'll keep this in mind when deciding where I want to live and which government I want to pay taxes to. I'm receiving more assistance from the Nova Scotia government than my own province; Note to self.

  • Agreed
    January 26, 2012 - 10:53

    I am glad to see the government focus on post secondary education, but I agree with Stacy. I really would love to see the elimination of provincial student loan interest too.

  • Stacy
    January 26, 2012 - 10:25

    How about the promise to eliminate interest paid on provincial student loans? That was promised for the start of 2012...