First cohort of NB students benefits from low-income PSE bursary

September 12, 2016

New Brunswick’s free tuition plan for students from low-income families has taken effect for its first cohort of students, and many have already benefitted, reports CBC. When NB first introduced the program, it estimated that roughly 23% of the student population would benefit from the new granting system. Yet NB’s Post-Secondary Education, Training, and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault notes that 35% of students who have applied for financial aid thus far have qualified. Arseneault adds that while the program requires further improvement, it is good that the government was able to enact it quickly. “If we're going to grow our economy, we have to have a skilled and qualified workforce,” he said. “In order to do that, we need to look at our population and make sure they have access to post-secondary education at an affordable rate.” CBC