StudentsNS launch online petition over axing of rebate

April 14, 2014

An association of student unions from across the province has launched an online petition calling on the government to reinvest funding from the graduate retention rebate axed in this year’s budget.

“All told, they will take approximately $34 million per year from support for students and graduates, $136 million over their four-year mandate if this policy continues,” StudentsNS wrote in the online petition, launched Friday.

Young people vote with feet, Minister Whalen

April 14, 2014

The Nova Scotia finance minister’s comments on youth entitlement added insult to injury just days after her budget withdrew more than $34 million in support for youth retention and employment. The decision and discourse, coming less than two months after the release of the Ivany commission report, is stunning.

Nova Scotia has been a net loser of youth (ages 20 to 35) each and every year since 1984. We have lost 16,650 young people in the last decade, including 3,200 people in 2013; our highest recorded total in at least 33 years.

Liberals axe university grad tax rebate

April 4, 2014

A tax rebate that provided up to $15,000 to post-secondary graduates has been eliminated by the provincial Liberals.

The Graduate Retention Rebate was intended to act as an incentive for young people to remain in Nova Scotia after graduation.

EDITORIAL: Eliminating loan interest gives students a break

April 4, 2014

The province’s announcement last week that it will eliminate interest on student loans was a welcome break for Nova Scotia students enrolled in college or university.

The interest break, available only to residents of Nova Scotia, will save students with an average student loan of $5,600 about $800 over the lifetime of the loan. The program will cost the province $1.6 million a year, affecting about 18,000 people who are paying loans back and about 14,000 students who have yet to pay back loans.

Nova Scotia eliminates interest on student loans

April 4, 2014

The Liberal government is eliminating interest on the provincial portion of student loans but the move could come as another assistance program is phased out.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan said removing interest, something the Grits campaigned on, would save eligible graduates about $800 over the lifetime of their loan. The measure applies to people who started repaying their loans on or after Nov. 1, 2007.

N.S. government eliminates interest on provincial student loans

April 4, 2014

The Nova Scotia government is eliminating interest on provincial student loans in a move it says will save graduates hundreds of dollars over the life of their loans and encourage them to stay in the province.

Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan says the savings on the average Nova Scotia student loan of $5,600 would total about $800.

Feeling the squeeze?

April 4, 2014

If you’re a young person in Nova Scotia and struggle with the high cost of tuition, student debts, or finding a place in the province’s job market, you’re not the only one feeling the squeeze.

That’s the message that the Generation Squeeze movement wants you to take away — you’re not alone, and they want to add your voice to a growing campaign that aims to represent the needs of your generation.

Youth urged to embrace ‘resilience’

April 4, 2014

When Sandra McKenzie got a phone call that her son had just received a two-day suspension, she immediately began to worry.

“I thought, ‘Oh my God. What the heck could this kid have done?’” said McKenzie, the deputy minister of the Labour and Advanced Education Department.