Students: Education costs or exhaustion?

I’m a student who has been in post secondary education for seven years and the education costs are getting ridiculous.

According to a recent tuition fee map by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, students have to work increasingly more hours in order to even afford one year of school.

In 1975, a student only had to work 200 hours, that’s five weeks of full time work, to pay for an entire year of university or college. Now, that number has increased to 650 hours or 16 weeks full time, for the same amount of fees.

Depending on the degree you’re taking, such as medicine or dentistry, working three times as many hours as 40 years ago is near impossible given the number of assignments and stress associated with education.

So what can you do to help find the balance?

  • Don’t hesitate to talk to your parents – I know not everyone’s parents can afford university tuition, but if your parents can help you, ask them. You’d be surprised how they can help so that you still work but not to the point of exhaustion.
  • Apply for scholarships – There are numerous awards available even midway through your year. Never underestimate your abilities and apply, apply, apply!
  • Look into grants from your government – There’s more than just loans available from your government. Many governments have grants for students in a variety of situations. In addition, if you’re a student out of school for more than five years, you’d be considered “independent” which means your parents’ money is not counted. This alone could help you get more money. Do some research and you might find what you need.

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