Driving forward, Today's BC Liberals will:
- Create a one stop shop for student applications with a single point of entry for applicants to B.C. post-secondary institutions.
- Create an additional 1,000 new grads in STEM disciplines in universities and colleges across the province by 2022. Once those 1,000 additional graduates have completed their fourth year, we will expand by another 1,000.
Investing in knowledge and training
- Capping tuition fee increases at colleges and universities.
- Ensuring low and middle income students have access to the assistance they need to get the education they want.
- Making student loans interest free - current and future.
- Providing a $1,000 Opportunity Award for higher education graduates to help pay down debt.
- Supporting the UPass program.
- Making Adult Basic Education (ABE) and English as a Second Language (ESL) free again.
- Updating regulations to allow colleges and universities to build affordable on and near-campus rental housing, and ensure student renters receive the renter's tax rebate of $400 per year.
- Creating a competitive, merit-based graduate scholarship program designed to attract and retain the best graduate students, based on hard work and talent.
- Investing $50M over two years for a new graduate scholarship fund.
- Investing $100 million to expand technology-related post-secondary programs and investing in information and communications, digital media and entertainment, life sciences and health, clean-tech, IT and engineering and more.
- Partnering with universities throughout BC to build technology and innovation centres in key areas of BC's economy.
A BC Green government will:
- Implement needs-based grants for post-secondary students
- Offer tax forgiveness of up to $2,000/year for up to 5 years to assist graduates in repaying debt from tuition fees
- Set up a Post-Secondary Education Task Force to identify ways to make post-secondary education more relevant, accessible and affordable
- Invest $65 million over 4 years to support co-op and work experience programs for high school and undergraduate students
All British Columbians benefit from an educated population. Generally educated citizens pay more in tax, are healthier, cause less crime and elect better governments. For BC to stay competitive in the Global Economy, we need a well educated workforce.
The YPP will provide forgivable loans to students if they work in BC for a set length of time upon completion of their degree, allow students the option of borrowing any amount up to the maximum loan amount if they would like to avoid borrowing the whole amount, work with educational institutes to provide affordable childcare on campus, allow for a better work and school mix for part time students, and work with different occupational certification organizations to help recognize the training which foreign workers arrive with where there are shortages of workers in a certain industry.
BC Citizens First
PRIORITY TO LOCAL BC STUDENTS AHEAD OF OVERSEAS STUDENTS
BCâ€™s new political party, the BC Citizens First Party, today announced that it will require all BC universities and post-secondary providers of undergraduate degrees to give priority enrolment to BC citizens ahead of overseas students. This will be achieved by requiring tertiary educational institutions to set an acceptable lowest acceptable standard mark for entry into each undergraduate course, and then requiring all Canadian citizens who meet that mark to be enrolled first in the course (subject to full availability). The risks associated with any other system of entry is that all students are lined up according to their entry score and local BC students can end up being excluded even though they may have reached the acceptable minimum entry score, due to excess total demand exceeding supply. â€œIf demand exceeds supply, then the overseas students should be excluded and not the local BC studentsâ€, said Phillip Ryan, Leader of the BC Citizens First Party. â€œThe problem is that under any other rules, tertiary institutions will always very tempted to take the overseas students into their undergraduate degrees ahead of our local BC students because overseas students can be charged 10 times the fees of local BC studentsâ€. Such a selection framework does nothing to create job opportunities for local BC students. In addition to giving classroom priority to BC students, all undergraduate educational providers will be required to give on-campus student accommodation priority to BC students who would normally have to travel more than 1 hour to study on campus. â€œOur local students must be accommodated on-campus ahead of any overseas studentsâ€ said Mr. Ryan. INTRODUCING NEW BC GOVERNMENT DEGREE SCHOLARSHIPS: New BC Government scholarships covering full coverage of post-Secondary undergraduate degree tuition fees will be provided to BC student citizens enrolling in government-designated high priority areas of need for the province (e.g. Doctors, Nurses, medical technicians, IT etc) where students agree to work in BC for two years full-time for every year of full funding of their tertiary studies i.e. 10 years work commitment for 5 years of scholarship funding. These scholarships will be competitive and will be subject to successful completion of every year of study. They will allow BC children to attain their educational goals whilst simultaneously giving back to BC as future workers in areas of critical need for BC. Scholarship holders will be guaranteed a job by the BC Government at the end of their studies, although they will be able to equally accept jobs in the private sector.