FUNDING FAMILIES: AMENDING THE CANADA STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO BETTER SUPPORT LONE MOTHER STUDENTS
This study examines lone mother students’ experiences with the Canada Student Financial Assistance Program (CSFA Program) to determine which policies and processes the Government of Canada should amend to better support this student population. The questions guiding this research were: does the CSFA Program help or hinder lone mother students earn university degree(s)? Which aspects of the CSFA Program need amending to better support lone mother students throughout their pursuit of higher education? Using a literature review, survey data, and semi-structured interviews, I found that lone mother students’ greatest challenge is securing sufficient funding; and that, although the CSFA Program provides financial assistance, some of the CSFA Program’s policies and processes create hardship for lone mother students. This study concludes by providing the participants’ recommendations on how the Government of Canada should amend the CSFA Program’s policies and processes to better support lone mother students.
Campus, Canada Student Financial Assistance Program, CSFA Program, Federal Government, Federal Policies, Grants, Government of Canada, Higher Education, Loans, Lone Mothers, Lone Parents, Low Income, Policy, Poverty, Social Policy, Single Mothers, Single Parents, Student Financial Assistance, Student Funding, Student Loans, Tuition, University.
Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)
Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy