WINNIPEG — The federal government is making it more affordable for part-time students to receive a post-secondary education through expanded access to the Canada Student Grants program.
Winnipeg South MP Terry Duguid made the announcement Wednesday at the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology.
The new $1,600-per-year Canada Student Grant will accompany flexibilities for Employment Insurance, creating the opportunity for more than 43,000 Canadians to afford to go back to school beginning in fall 2018.
Nearly 10,000 more part-time students from low- and middle-income families will benefit from up to $1,800 in non-repayable grants per year and up to $10,000 in loans. Additionally, access to grants for part-time students with children will be expanded allowing them to benefit from up to $1,920 per year in grants.
The funding comes from the federal government’s 2017 budget, which announced Skills Boost, a $287.2 million three-year pilot project.