Green Party Policy for University Students

Here is my response to a recent email question from Angela, a UW student asking about GPC policy for students.

The Green Party is deeply concerned about the accessibility and sustainability of our post-secondary education system. It is our belief that universal access for every qualified individual to affordable post-secondary education and training is a basic right, and we will make it a priority to eliminate the barriers that currently stand in the way of access. Therefore we have proposed the following policies to address issues of affordability:

  • Allowing all students regardless of their parental income to be eligible for students loans to their rate of tuition
  • Reducing all students Federal funded debt by 50% upon completion of their college or university program
  • Decreasing the lending rate to that of prime and extending the time period for which student loans must be repaid.
  • Extending the grace period to 2 years after graduation in which time loans are interest free Extending the grace period to 2 years after graduation in which time loans are interest free.

If Canada is to transition to a skilled economy then it will need to have a highly-trained, education and creative workforce and therefore the Green Party believes that the Federal Government should ensure that all Canadians have access to quality education. For a full list of our post-secondary policies please visit our website at greenparty.ca.