Student Finance 101 Blogs

  • Half-Price U? Let's Go, Canada!


    Study while you work, to chop the costs? Ok, it's not a new concept, but I'm hearing some creative approaches starting up in the US and UK that Canadian universities and trade schools should take a look at.

  • New Series on Student Loan Bankruptcy


    In so deep that you wonder if you can declare bankruptcy on your student loans? 

    For years, the Debt 101 site has had resources on student loan bankruptcy. But for the first time, we've added a Q & A interview to discuss the rules in detail.

    In fact, so much ground got covered when we spoke with well-known bankruptcy trustee Douglas Hoyes, that we decided to create two separate Q & As.  

  • Student Loan Bankruptcy - We Ask an Expert!


    Want to declare bankruptcy on your student loans?

    It's not easy and for most people, it's probably not the right route. But yes, it can be done.

    We walk you through Canada's student loan bankruptcy rules in Debt 101's new Q & A on Student Loan Bankruptcy (Basic). In this new feature, well-known bankruptcy trustee Douglas Hoyes explains the law, then looks at real-life cases.

  • No Tuition Fees in Canada? "Yes We Can," says new report.

    Do we need to saddle young people with student debtloads or is there an alternative?
    Well, alternatives are provided in a new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA).
    Just $170 a family could end undergraduate university tuition fees in Canada, according to the report from the CCPA's Education Project: Under Pressure: The impact of rising tuition fees on Ontario families.

  • Back to School? Advice on Student Loans, Textbooks, Schedules & More!

    Starting school next term? Check out Christopher Sun's great blog series in this website: Surviving School.
    Chris' back-to-school blogs are a fun read. You'll also learn some tips for dealing with the issues and dilemmas of your new life as a university, CEGEP or college student.
    Here to start with are Chris Sun's 2 first Surviving School blogs:

  • Can I Get Student Loan Forgiveness?

    Here is a second in our 'people's question' series in the blog. 

    Who do I contact to arrange for student loan forgiveness?
    My loan is 10 + years old; not accredited (can be forgiven through the regular
    channels; and in default. Single parent with [number of children deleted] on an [office-worker’s] salary.