Coalition applauds plan to revamp provincial loan program

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - The national non-partisan Coalition for
Student Loan Fairness is announcing its endorsement of the BC NDP's five-point
student loan reform plan.

    Their five points include:

    1/ Restoring needs-based grants
    2/ Expanding graduate programs
    3/ Cutting the interest rate on BC student loans in half
    4/ Streamlining the cumbersome loan bureaucracy
    5/ Establishing a BC Student Loan Ombudsperson Office

    The plan shows an effort to address the needs of student loan borrowers
in repayment - a group that has traditionally been marginalized in discussions
about student aid. We are calling on the provincial government to enact these
changes in its upcoming budget.

    The Coalition is dedicated to the needs of Canada's 990,000 student loan

For further information:

For further information: Julian Benedict, (604) 728-2067,

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