Report Recommends Reforms to Give Nova Scotia the Strongest Student Financial Assistance System in Canada

November 27, 2013

For Immediate Release

Halifax, N.S. — Nova Scotia can build the strongest student financial assistance system in Canada simply by redirecting money the Province already spends on students and graduates, according to a report released today by Students Nova Scotia (StudentsNS). The report finds that the Province’s Graduate Retention Rebate and Tuition and Education Tax Credit have little to no impact on retention, debt, or post-secondary access. By reallocating $40 million from these tax credits, the Province could dramatically improve its student assistance program to meet student needs for funding, ensure students’ parents or partners are not expected to provide support they cannot afford, and dramatically reduce student debt.

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New research reveals gender gap in student governments

November 1, 2013

For immediate release

Halifax, Nova Scotia- A report released today by Students Nova Scotia reveals that women are significantly under-represented in university student government across the Province. The State of Women’s Involvement in Post- Secondary Student Politics in Nova Scotia found that although almost 60% of university students identify as women, the same is true of only 41% of student government representatives and less than 1/3 of student union presidents since 2007-08.

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