Interest-free loans, expanded bursaries part of PEI Liberals' PSE plan

September 7, 2011

In kicking off the provincial election campaign Tuesday, PEI Premier Robert Ghiz released the governing Liberals' 7-point plan for higher education, which proposes the elimination of interest on the provincial portion of existing and future loans for those students who remain in the province. If re-elected the party would increase the George Coles Bursary to $2,200 and introduce the George Coles University Graduate Bursary, a $2,000 award for students in their final year of study. The Liberals also pledge to expand programs and funding to help rural students access PSE, allow mature students to return to PSE programs while retaining Employment Insurance eligibility, and introduce a pre-apprenticeship training and employment program for 17- to 22-year-olds. Starting in 2013, the party would assist children and families receiving the National Child Benefit Supplement to access RESP funding through a provincial contribution. Liberal Party of PEI | Charlottetown Guardian | CBC