I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Alex Usher.  The Vice-President at EPI (Virginia Beach, USA; Toronto, Canada; Sydney, Australia) is a rarity in the higher education research and consulting field. He’s not afraid to call it as he sees it. He pulls no punches. It’s not surprising then that his analysis of the new student loan program from the Government of Canada is both entertaining and insightful. Alex writes . . .

“Need-based programs favour people with high costs rather than people who are actually poor; in fact, when poorer students did all the “right things” to pay for their education – live at home, save money, work part time – they were actually making themselves less eligible for non-repayable aid.   Most provincial grant programs still operate on this somewhat bizarre principle.”

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