The University of Prince Edward Island student union will target the issues of loans, grants and the improvement of student mentoring as part of its new policy plan to strengthen its lobbying efforts to the province and school administration.
The student union has created a formal list of policy statements and priorities for changes to services for students that it will add to every year.
This year, it will lobby the province on three main issues: how to make UPEI more affordable and accessible to students as well as help students become more employable.
"On the accessibility front, eliminating parental income as a necessity for student loans. On the affordability side … making sure that students from lower income backgrounds do have access to grant funding that is non-repayable," said Travis Gordon, student union vice-president.
"We felt the need to make sure that government programing — the mentorship program — should be open to advocate for that to be open to all graduates of post secondary institutions on P.E.I. It's going to take some time to inform the post-secondary sector on P.E.I. that this is our new direction, this is what we're doing."
The student union also wants to eliminate text books for first-year students, in favour of open-sourced resources, and to make student comments on instructor evaluations available to faculty for review.
Gordon has been working on the policy statements for four months and says the ideas came from UPEI students.