Ministry help coming for Laurentian students affected by program cuts

Help will soon be on the way for students who had their academic careers uprooted at Laurentian University.

CTV News has learned students in discontinued programs will be receiving emails Friday with details on how to apply for $4,000 from the province to cover some of the additional costs incurred.

Students can use up to $3,000 for relocation costs, $1,000 to cover any differences in tuition and $500 to cover any administration fees to deal with credit transfers.

Laurentian University has said only a small percentage of students were affected by April's cuts but so far has been unable to provide any precise numbers.

The money being provided will be made available to all students who can no longer continue their studies at Laurentian as a result of the cuts.

In a statement Friday, Jill Dunlop, Ontario's Minister of Colleges and Universities, said the province is keeping an eye on LU as it works its way through the insolvency process under the Companies' Creditors Arrangement Act.

"The government continues to monitor the CCAA proceeding closely and looks forward to taking steps in the future that protect and support the long-term sustainability of postsecondary education in Sudbury and northern Ontario,” the statement said.