Nunavut post-secondary students to get extra $500 per semester
Education Department offering benefit while it revamps FANS program
Nunavut students enrolled in a post-secondary institute got a jolt of good news Monday at the legislative assembly.
Education Minister Pamela Gross announced new interim funding for Inuit students who are already enrolled in the territory’s Financial Assistance for Nunavut Students, or FANS, program.
“Each student will now be eligible who receive $500, called a wellness benefit, per semester,” Gross said in a statement, citing the territory’s high cost of living.
The Department of Education is working on a comprehensive review of the FANS program, which provides financial support to Nunavut students studying in post-secondary institutions, along with representatives from Nunavut Tunngavik Inc.
The goal is to “completely revamp and re-envision” FANS, said the Department of Education Tuesday in a news release.
“What is evident from the work of the review is that increased funding, as well as other types of wrap-around support, are needed to better foster the success of our college and university students,” Gross said in the legislative assembly.
She said revamping the FANS program will take time, but her department knows students need more support now.
Gross said the new wellness benefit will continue to be offered until the revised FANS program is in place.
Eligible Inuit students who are already signed up with FANS will be contacted by the Education Department and should receive the new wellness benefit within the next several weeks.