Student aid, degree granting legislation subject of Saskatchewan throne speech

December 6, 2011

In its throne speech Monday, the Saskatchewan government outlined plans to introduce a new Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship available to all new secondary school graduates beginning in 2012, as well as a new Saskatchewan Advantage Grant for Education Savings to help parents save for their children's education. The throne speech notes that up to $120,000 in student loans for new doctors and up to $20,000 in student loans for new nurses and nurse practitioners will be forgiven for those agreeing to practice for 5 years in rural and remote communities in the province. The government will add a total of 20 new nurse practitioner training seats over the next 4 years, a 67% increase from the current 30 seats. The throne speech also outlines the province's legislative priorities, including the introduction of degree granting legislation to provide more opportunities for students while protecting the tradition of excellence associated with Saskatchewan degrees. Saskatchewan News Release | Throne Speech Highlights