CASA submits pre-budget recommendations to federal government

August 15, 2014

The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) has submitted its pre-budget recommendations to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance. CASA’s submission emphasizes its view that the high cost of education is delaying young people from achieving financial independence. It calls for changes to Canadian student financial assistance programs including the removal of employment penalties for working students and the cessation of the Canada Student Loans Program parental contributions policy. CASA further urges the government to increase the Canada Student Loans Program’s weekly limit from $210 to $245. CASA also recommends that the government increase the value of Canada Student Grants by 9.4% to account for inflation, and suggests the creation of a specific grant fund for students with high financial need. Finally, CASA calls on the government to do more to support mature learners wishing to retrain or pursue further education. CASA News Release | CASA Pre-Budget Submission