Prince Edward Island reducing financial barriers to post-secondary education

New investments in post-secondary education will ensure finances do not limit student achievement.

The Province of Prince Edward Island is investing over $2 million to lower the cost of post-secondary education for students and to support them on their path to success after graduation. 

“Helping students by reducing barriers to post-secondary education is an essential part of our COVID economic recovery. We are very proud of the quality learning that our provincial post-secondary institutions provide, ensuring that today’s students have the opportunity to be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs, innovators and workers.

We will continue to look at options to improve access to post-secondary education and also find more ways to retain Island graduates in our province.”

- Minister of Education and Lifelong Learning Natalie Jameson. 

New post-secondary education investments in the 2021-2022 Operational Budget include:

  • An increase of $500,000 to the Island Advantage Bursary to support low and middle income students who pursue post-secondary studies; 
  • A $200,000 Experiential Learning Fund to connect students to job and co-op placements within their field of study; 
  • UPEI Open Education Resource Development Program to reduce the costs of textbooks and program materials; 
  • Doubling the Mental Health Supports Grant to each post-secondary institution;
  • Partnering with the Atlantic Police Academy to fund seats for under-represented groups and visible minorities; and
  • Deferring provincial student loan repayments until September 2021.

Additionally, the University of Prince Edward Island, Holland College and Collège de l'Île will receive a two per cent increase in their operating budget to help keep tuition costs low.  

“The UPEI Student Union was happy to see investments in post-secondary students. We had been voicing our concerns to the Government, and the budget makes our students feel heard,” said Malak Nassar, vice-president academic and external, UPEISU. “We commend the increase in investments, but most importantly, the new investments that reflect current student needs. The UPEISU will continue to collaborate with Government and stakeholders to fulfill our students' evolving needs.”

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Department of Education and Lifelong Learning

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