ERIC Number: ED499220
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Addressing Student Debt: A New Post Secondary Learning Support System
Association of Canadian Community Colleges
Access and affordability are bountiful concepts and key words used by policy makers in defining the role of post-secondary education and training in Canada. However, these words have not translated into action for many learners due to student debt. Incurred from high tuition fees, costly and complex payback schemes and under-funding, chronic student debt threatens to undermine access and affordability in the Canadian context. Education is becoming unaffordable due to a conjunction of various factors, including system under-funding, decline in real family incomes, regional unemployment, erosion of financial aid programs, and rising costs to students. There is a shared responsibility for dealing effectively with the issue of student debt as there is with most social issues. Business, financial institutions, industry, labour, public and private educational institutions, the federal and provincial governments and individual students all must be part of the solution. Advocating for a new learner support system that is universal, responsible, portable, simple, rational, and flexible, the paper makes 4 recommendations: (1) Develop a new system; (2) Create a learner-friendly environment; (3) Alleviate existing debt; and (4) Address research gaps.
Descriptors: College Students, Debt (Financial), Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Student Costs, Student Financial Aid, Tuition, Economic Factors, Access to Education, Paying for College, Program Improvement
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Association of Canadian Community Colleges.
Identifiers - Location: Canada