March 13, 2017
Halifax, NS – A report released this morning by StudentsNS reviews the social barriers that exist for accessing post-secondary education. It concludes that more action must be taken to ensure every Nova Scotian has the opportunity to pursue higher education.
Opportunity for All?: Exploring the Social Barriers to Post-Secondary Education in Nova Scotia recommends initiatives and policy changes that would break down barriers for students, improving their lives and the communities across our province.
March 7, 2017
Halifax, NS – Today Students Nova Scotia released an open letter to the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, the Honourable Kelly Regan. It addresses the recent announcements by the New Brunswick government that will ensure the affordability of post-secondary education for students from low and middle-income families.
February 6, 2017
Halifax, NS – Today, Students Nova Scotia publicly released their submission for the 2017 Nova Scotia budget. The submission, “Investing Smarter in Nova Scotia’s Students” encourages government to make smarter investments by reallocating existing funds to more meaningful programs, expanding the popular “Loan Forgiveness Program” and providing more opportunities for students to work while studying.
November 7, 2016
Halifax, N.S. – This morning, student leaders from across the province arrived in Halifax to kick off their Annual Student Advocacy week. They will be meeting with MLAs and decision makers in the post-secondary education sector to encourage policy changes that will help students on campus.
October 25, 2016
Halifax, N.S. – Today, Students Nova Scotia was pleased to welcome a new loan repayment threshold for graduates that are struggling to repay student debt. Students currently begin paying back student loans when they earn $20,000 a year. As of November 1st, students will not begin repayment on these loans until earning $25,000 a year.
September 30, 2016
The five strategic directions StudentsNS will take with this Strategic Plan are:
1. Improving access and affordability to post-secondary education in Nova Scotia.
2. Ensuring more post-secondary graduates can stay in Nova Scotia to work.
3. Increasing student participation in civic engagement.
4. Building strategic and multi-sectorial partnerships.
5. Continuing to strengthen StudentsNS membership.
August 19, 2016
Hello, my name is Annie Sirois. I am the Vice President External Affairs for the StFX Students’ Union and the Vice-Chair for StudentsNS. I am a third year Political Science and Development Studies Major at St.Francis Xavier University in small town Antigonish, Nova Scotia. StFX rests proudly in unseeded Mi’kmaw territory. More
August 17, 2016
As Chair of Students Nova Scotia, I am responsible for representing the views of the Board and membership as a whole, carrying forward your concerns. I oversee the fulltime staff,and act as the secondary spokesperson of the organization. In addition, I also enforce the bylaws and internal policies, and Chair the meetings of the Board of Students Nova Scotia. More
June 23, 2016
Halifax, N.S. – Yesterday, StudentsNS was pleased to see the signing of a memorandum of understanding between government and universities that is a positive step towards more transparency, student support, and consultation expectations for institutions in the Province. The Department of Labour and Advanced Education and the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents signed the MOU to govern a four-year partnership in the sector.
June 21, 2016
Halifax, N.S. – StudentsNS is pleased to welcome Sophie Helpard as its 9th Executive Director. Sophie comes to StudentsNS after serving as President of the University Students’ Council where she represented the 30,000 undergraduate students at Western University in London, Ontario. At Western, she studied Political Science at Huron University College, an affiliated liberal arts college on campus.