PCs plan 4-year tuition schedules for students
Last Updated: Thursday, September 9, 2010 | 9:15 AM ET
New Brunswick universities and colleges should give students a four-year plan for tuition costs so they can plan for their higher education, Progressive Conservative Leader David Alward announced on Thursday.
Alward made the announcement in Bathurst as a part of his campaign's post-secondary education platform.
It discusses the need to work with universities, businesses and student groups to come up with a more accessible post-secondary education system.
But he stressed the need for long-term planning in the system.
"Among other things, the PC team will engage stakeholders as we move forward with plans help our students train for jobs tomorrow," Alward said in a statement.
Part of that PC plan will ask colleges and universities to submit a "four-year tuition schedule" so students can budget for their education.
He also wants to develop a plan that will allow universities and colleges to plan better for their own futures.
The Tories are proposing a four-year rolling grant fund so post-secondary institutions can "facilitate long-term planning and growth."
The other Tory proposals include:
- developing new programs to meet the changing demands of businesses
- introducing more articulation agreements between the colleges and the universities
- reforming the New Brunswick Timely Completion Benefitinvesting $3.5 million more in bursaries for low- and middle-income students
- attract more international recruitment and validation of foreign credentials