NDP criticizes Millennium Scholarship program

January 17, 2008

Although many student organizations have rallied to the defense of the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, and urged an extension of its original mandate (which expires in 2009), the federal government maintains that no decision has yet been made. This week, the NDP's PSE critic wrote a scathing letter to the HRSD minister, calling CMSF "fundamentally flawed" and urging instead a publicly administered, federal system of upfront non-repayable grants. The NDP warns that it would not be acceptable to convert the grants into student loans, which would only worsen the national student debt "crisis."