Student Finance 101 Blogs

  • Quebec Students Show Courage


    Yes, students in Quebec have been protesting for weeks about the plan to double their tuition over the next 5 years.

    I wrote about it earlier in Lesson From Quebec, and did not plan to mention it twice. But today's news changed my mind.

    But tell me... What would you expect to happen to people's determination when they are hammered over and over again? Because this is what has been happening in Quebec.

    Students were beaten, fined and mass-arrested. One young man lost his eye when police threw a stun grenade at his face.  

  • The Mystery That Is Alberta


    Oh, Alberta Student Loan Relief, we hardly knew ye.

    We get a lot of Alberta users on this site. So I've always felt bad that we didn't have more information for them on the only program that actually reduced (by a bit) their Alberta student loan debt.

    The program was called Alberta Student Loan Relief.

    We’ve had a few articles, of course, but why didn’t we have more details?

    Dear Albertan readers, our lack of detailed information wasn't for lack of trying.

  • Education Policy in the House of Cards

    You may have noticed that I don't say that much about education policy on the 'Debt 101' website.
    Usually, I just explain how the system works. And suggest ways for students and grads to survive it.
    But of course, I'm very concerned about our higher education policy. I care about equal access and quality -- and the destructive effects of loading students up with debt.
    That's wrong on so many levels - from moral to macro-economic. 

  • Take Your Student Debt to Saskatchewan

     Hey, unemployed university grads stressed out by debt. Let's connect some dots...

     Dot 1. Little item in the news today (Nov 29, 2011) says:

    Germany’s K+S AG, Europe’s largest potash producer, is moving ahead with construction of the $3.2-billion Legacy project in Saskatchewan – the first potash mine to be built in the province in 40 years.

  • Hey, what happened?


    Some of the changes at Student Finance 101 this week may have you rubbing your eyes. And there are further improvements on the way! We'll roll them out over the next few months.

    Of course, we have a shoestring budget and we're all volunteers, so without a fairy godmother, our help-site won't look as flash as the sites of big-buck organizations. But we're proud to have so much to offer. Above all, we've got great content and our hearts are in the right place. But with the redesign work going on, we plan to serve you even better!

  • A Lesson from Quebec Students

    To those in other provinces, Quebec students may seem to have it comparatively easy.
    Ok, they don't have the greatest repayment aid system. But for years, they've had Canada's lowest tuition fees.  
    Now how did that happen?
    Is it because Quebec is the richest province? No. 
    Is it because universities in Quebec don't have similar costs to those in, say, Ontario, Nova Scotia and Alberta? No, no and no.