The IGNITE student government increased the amount awarded in their bursaries to $750 from $500.
Financial support is a relief for many students, especially international students who in some cases pay more than double of domestic students. A report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives claims that tuition fees have tripled since 1993, with Ontario leading the pack.
IGNITE’s move increased the bursaries sum to $412,500 from last year’s $275,000. But rather than increasing the number of bursaries to be distributed, it decided to raise their value.
The student government plans to distribute 550 bursaries this year, the same amount awarded last term.
Both Humber and University of Guelph-Humber students are eligible to apply for the bursaries.
Last year IGNITE received 1,673 applications for its bursaries.
“The money is split between Guelph-Humber and Humber,” IGNITE’s Services Director Sieu Moi Ly said.
Ly said the money is split based on enrollment, with a per cent of bursary funding earmarked for Humber students and the rest for Guelph-Humber students.
The IGNITE board relocated funds to the bursaries program by retiring the Student Lifeline service which was implemented by the previous administration two years ago.
“The board has decided from last year is that we are going to stop that service,” IGNITE President Maja Jocson said.
She said the government provides services that mirror the now retired Student Lifeline program.
The wellness section of the IGNITE website recommends the “Good2Talk” service provided by the Ontario government as an alternative to the Student Life program.
Although IGNITE removed the Lifeline Service it stills provide financial support to Humber’s counselling services.
“We (IGNITE) have increased our support for counselling services and our health centre to make sure students have been well taken care of,” Ly said.
Students can apply for the bursaries online via the MyHumber site starting Oct. 1.