uAlberta Student Union President says emergency bursaries may not reach all students in need

February 10, 2015

The President of the University of Alberta Student Union is questioning the method used to determine eligibility for bursaries that have been allocated to help international students in need. uAlberta has in recent years significantly increased the funding available for the bursaries, which provide up to $3,000 for international students who face a financial emergency; however, student union President William Lau argued that the eligibility requirements could marginalize some students. "Looking at their eligibility criteria, they fund students most likely to succeed." Lau said that he is worried that the bursaries may not reach students whose academic performance has suffered due to financial stress. uAlberta VP and University Registrar Lisa Collins said that the bursaries are awarded based on the unique circumstances of each student who applies. "Our commitment is to support them as best as we can, recognizing of course that resources are limited and we need to allocate them fairly." Metro News