Study calls for better communication tools for rural and northern students in Alberta

December 6, 2011

A new study on the barriers faced by students from northern and rural Alberta communities found that more than 94% of students surveyed have researched PSE institutions or programs with the intention of improving their knowledge and skills, with the Internet being the most popular source for locating information. However, the majority of respondents believed they were not provided with enough resources about PSE opportunities, and only 30% were aware of the level of financial aid for which they qualified. The report recommends targeting prospective students, parents, and high schools with information about financial aid and PSE opportunities (including distance studies); reinstating the Alberta Opportunities Bursary and Northern Student Supplement programs; and developing communication tools to reach students from diverse backgrounds. Alberta Students' Executive Council News | Read the report