Students Press for More Grants in Week-long Lobbying Blitz

    OTTAWA, Oct. 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Student activists from every province met
with more than 150 Members of Parliament and Senators this week to highlight
federal policy changes required to increase the affordability and quality of
universities and colleges. The meetings were part of a Canada-wide campaign to
create a national system of needs-based grants to replace the ineffective
Millennium Scholarship Foundation.
    "Sometimes policy-making becomes too abstract for parliamentarians. We
think it is important for Members of Parliament to hear from students
themselves about the impact of student debt and government underfunding," said
Amanda Aziz, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students.
    The Canadian Federation of Students unites over one-half million students
from more than 85 university and college students' unions in every province.
The Federation organized a national day of action in February 2007 to show
public support for reducing tuition fees, increasing federal funding, and
implementing need-based student grants.
    On October 4, the Federation published a research report for the federal
government's review of the Canada Student Loans Program. The report detailed
how the Millennium Scholarship Foundation can be replaced with a more
effective grants program administered publicly by Canada Student Loans
    "Lobbying, mobilizing our supporters, and providing government with
researched alternatives is critical to successfully influencing government
policy," said Aziz. "Students are working together from coast to coast to
improve the affordability and quality of post-secondary education."

For further information:

For further information: Amanda Aziz, National Chairperson at (613)
261-7528 (cell); Ian Boyko, Government Relations Coordinator at (613) 261-7939

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