The Measuring Effectiveness of Student Aid (MESA) project, a post-secondary research group funded in part by the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation, released three papers this week that shed light on access to universities and colleges, the effectiveness of student grants, and the impact of loans on graduates’ life after education.
The first report is a review of existing literature to do with access to post-secondary education, particularly among low-income youth.
The second report suggests that a system of grants is necessary to supplement the student-loan system in Canada.
The third report studies the experience of a 1988 graduating class in British Columbia. It analyzes their experience with various provincial programs that attempted to improve access, including a student financial assistance program introduced in the late 80s.