Bursaries in the works for Saskatchewan post-secondary students impacted by pandemic

Up to $1.5 million has been earmarked to help Saskatchewan’s at-risk students whose post-secondary studies have been disrupted by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The provincial government announced the emergency financial aid on Thursday.

Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor said that during this unprecedented time, some students are faced with limited supports and these resources will help quickly address some of their more pressing needs.

This financial adjustment for publicly-funded post-secondary institutions will support both domestic and international students in need through one-time emergency bursaries.

The ministry will also work with publicly-funded institutions that do not have existing emergency financial aid programs for students to put emergency bursaries in place.

“We recognize the need for urgent supports to help vulnerable students, including those from northern, remote and Indigenous communities, as well as international students unable to return home,” Beaudry-Mellor said in a press release.

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“It is critical that we work with our institutions to help students who have nowhere else to turn.”

The emergency bursaries will be available from April 1 to Sept. 30, according to the press release.

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