Manitoba’s NDP government would replace student loans with grants to reduce the debt load many in post-secondary education take on.
Leader Greg Selinger said, if re-elected, his party would spend $40 million to replace loans, provide free tuition to students in care up to age 25, and double funding for the Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative.
“Students have told us that post-secondary education should not be a debt sentence, and we’re listening,” Selinger said. “We want to support working and middle-class families by ensuring young people can afford university or college and build a bright future here at home.”
The NDP would also launch a pilot program to provide more supports for adult learners looking to upgrade their academic skills before going to university, college or into an apprenticeship.