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Want free university? Changes to OSAP, Canada Student Grants could help

Campus life at the University of Toronto. (Photograph by Andrew Tolson)

MACLEAN’S – Alisha Gordon, an Indigenous undergraduate at the University of Calgary, will have less than $1,000 in student debt at the end of her four-year degree. Like many students in Canada, she’s benefitted from the federal and provincial governments’ efforts to reduce the cost of an education. Gordon received a grant for low-income students from the Alberta government as well as the Indigenous Careers Award to help pay for her final year of tuition. This, together with the Belcourt Brosseau Métis Award—which covers nearly 90 per cent of her tuition and post-secondary fees every year—will allow her to graduate with a limited financial burden. “My parents are deceased, and I have younger brothers, so for me, being in debt is something that really stresses me out,” says Gordon.

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Charlotte is a writer, blogger and amateur photographer based out of Toronto with interests in positivity, creative muse, generational differences and the future of work. She has written for Zoomer Magazine, The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post Canada and other Canadian publications. She currently blogs for a range of small and medium-sized businesses.