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Province cuts post-secondary grant for new children

A provincial grant program designed to help parents save money for their children's post-secondary education has been cancelled. Any child born after April 1 no longer qualifies for the boost to their university or college fund.

Those with children who still qualify can apply until the end of July

Children born after April 1 will no longer qualify for $800 in government grants to go toward their post-secondary education. (yohey1028/Wikimedia Commons)

A provincial grant program designed to help parents save money for their children's post-secondary education has been cancelled..

The grant was eliminated in the government's spring budget which was revealed March 26. The change means any child born after April 1, 2015 will no longer qualify. 

The Alberta Centennial Education Savings Plan (ACES) provided $500 for every child as long as they were signed up for a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).

The government also gave $100 to the child when they turned 8, 11, and 14 years old.

According to the government's website, the program has been under review for the last two years.

The program was designed to encourage parents to open RESPs for their children, but the review found it was "ineffective."

According to the government, the participation rate actually went down by two per cent in 2010 compared to when the program started.

Eliminating ACES will save $19 million annually.

Applications must be submitted before the end of July for any child who is still eligible for funding.

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