Cap on growth for federal Aboriginal PSE fund doesn’t keep up with rising tuition: report

September 7, 2016

Canada’s largest federal program for helping Aboriginal students pay for PSE faces a number of significant issues, according to a federal review from summer 2015. The Canadian Press reports that the 2015 review suggests that the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) requires more money than the currently mandated 2% annual growth cap provides, as this growth reportedly does not keep up with rising tuition prices. “It’s literally affecting the potential future in communities by limiting the access to education,” said NDP Indigenous Affairs Critic Charlie Angus. The federal government increased funding in its 2016 budget for Indigenous K–12 education, but did not increase funding to the PSSSP program.