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EPI Canada Releases New Report Documenting Student Aid in Canada

TORONTO, CANADA, August 27, 2007 — The Educational Policy Institute today released a report outlining changes in the Canadian student financial assistance system over the past 15 years. “The End of Need-Based Student Financial Aid in Canada?” – commissioned by the Canadian Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators - examines the most recent net tuition prices, explores recent student aid policy decisions in each jurisdiction, identifies what target groups (if any) are identified to receive aid and catalogues what students actually benefit.


End of NeedThe report provides valuable insight into the metamorphosis of the Canadian student financial aid system. What began as a structure founded on need-based principles (largely designed to assist underrepresented students) has been transformed to a predominantly non-need-based system of aid where little attention is paid to who receives benefits. This process has been slow and is largely a result of both federal and provincial government policies. The report also reveals that ideology has not played a part in the transformation since governments of both the left and right alike have invested with abandon into non-need-based projects (i.e., tuition fee freezes and tax credits). 

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