“Ballooning” number of AB students relying on provincial loans

According to new financial records, the Government of Alberta has almost doubled the amount of money that it allocates for student loans over the span of the last five years. CBC states that AB spent $279M more than expected on student loans in the last two years alone to keep up with the demand, with a particularly high demand coming from private career college students. Chris Beasley, Chair of the Council of Alberta University Students, told CBC that this should signal to AB that students are dealing with an affordability crisis. “Students have been telling this government that the need is there, that the need is prominent, and that we’re looking for more affordability measures,” said Beasley.