Students discuss flow of financial aid with Minister Finley

    OTTAWA, June 22 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, student representatives met with
Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, to
discuss the effects of the current economic recession on post-secondary
education in Canada. Also discussed were the Canada Student Grant Program and
the Repayment Assistance Plan - programs designed to help remove financial
barriers for post-secondary students.
    "It is vital that the minister continue to discuss these issues with
students and stakeholders in the post-secondary sector," said Arati Sharma,
National Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA).
"The financial crisis has made post-secondary education less accessible for
students and families and has highlighted the importance of making sure
funding, already in place, flows easily to those who need it most."
    CASA is pleased to see that the Canada Student Grant Program and the
Repayment Assistance Plan, both effective fall 2009, are aimed at giving
students access to a post-secondary education and alleviating debt repayment
upon graduation, respectively. But now that the funding is in place, there is
still a lot of work to do to ensure the programs have their intended impact.
    "As university endowment funds see their value deteriorating, and more
and more families are seeing their savings and incomes decline," continued
Sharma, "now more than ever is the time to work in tandem with the federal
government and all stakeholders in an effort to make sure these new programs
are as effective as possible."

    The Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) is a non-partisan,
not-for-profit national student organization composed of 24 student
associations, representing over 300,000 students from coast to coast.

For further information:

For further information: or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Jillian Flake, Public Relations and Communications Officer, Canadian Alliance
of Student Associations, (613) 236-3457 ext. 224, (c) 613-868-6605,

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