Justice for Students!- Stop 2020-2021 Alberta Student Aid Grant Policy Changes

Justice for Students!- Stop 2020-2021 Alberta Student Aid Grant Policy Changes

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 Student Aid Alberta has cut the Alberta Student Grant for Full-Time Students (formerly the Alberta Maintenance Grant and Alberta Low-Income Grant) for any full-time post-secondary student that is receiving Federal Grants. This policy change allows the Alberta Government to disqualify students from up to $6,000 in grants per academic year. The Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students has been doubled from $3000 to $6000 due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation to help students who have been financially affected. The Alberta Government and Alberta Student Aid have decided to take $6,000 of grant money that students are entitled to, and prevent thousands of students access to necessary funds. Even with the increase from The Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students, there is now a $3,000 decrease in the total amount of grants that full-time students are eligible for. This change is purely to pull the rug out from under students who are already struggling financially, students who are parents and have to support their children, and students who rely on these funds to have access to a post-secondary education. The tuition cap has been removed for post-secondary education and thousands of students are seeing a 7% increase in tuition costs already, and yet the UCP, Alberta Student Aid and our Minister of Advanced Education are ensuring students have $6,000 less to support themselves, their education and their families. 

The Alberta Student Aid Website notes that the Alberta Maintenance Grant and the Alberta Low-Income Grant will be "algamated" into the new Alberta Student Grant for Full-Time Students; however, it does not mention that a new policy states that any full-time student receiving Federal Grants such as Canada Student Grant for Full-Time Students will not be eligible for any grants from the Alberta Goverment. 

This new policy change comes silently and is only found in the Alberta Student Aid 2020-2021 policy handbook. There is no information about this change on the Alberta Grants portion of the Alberta Student Aid website. Link Available Here: https://studentaid.alberta.ca/before-you-apply/types-of-funding/alberta-grants/

Link to Alberta Student Aid Policy Handbook 2020-2021. page 31 : https://studentaid.alberta.ca/media/165914/alberta-student-aid-operational-policy-and-procedure-manual-2020-21.pdf

The UCP government in Alberta, Student Aid Alberta, and Minister of Advanced Education Demetrios Nicolaides are responsible for ensuring students have access to appropriate funds to pursue a post-secondary education. Hold the people who's jobs are to support students accountable!