Students oppose introduction of Renewed Tuition Bursary, elimination of Timely Completion Benefit

The New Brunswick Student Alliance says it firmly opposes the provincial government's plans to introduce a Renewed Tuition Bursary and to eliminate the Timely Completion Benefit.

NBSA chair Brianna Workman says the move effectively ends the provision of free tuition for students from low-income families, resulting in a devastating impact on the province's most vulnerable and marginalized students.

Vice chair Emma Miller meanwhile, says private instutuions aren't held to, and do not meet, the same standards of accountability and quality education as those that are public, and that their inclusion under the Renewed Tuition Bursary comes at a cost to students comeing from New Brunswick's poorest families.

The NBSA says the changes demonstrate a complete failure of the Higgs government to engage in a conversation with students relating to their education and experience.