New Brunswick Offers $10,000 Tuition Rebate

...yeah, only not.

On the Government of New Brunswick's Student Financial Services page, there is a link down the right side that says "New Brunswick Tuition Rebate." Here's what the PDF it links to says:

Under the New Brunswick Tuition Rebate, anyone, from anywhere in the world, who on or after January 1, 2005, pays tuition, graduates from an eligible post-secondary institution, lives and works in New Brunswick and pays New Brunswick personal income tax, will be eligible for a non-taxable rebate of 50% of their tuition costs with a maximum lifetime rebate of $10,000.

This program is administered by the New Brunswick Department of Finance. For more information, you can visit the Department of Finance Web site at www.gnb.ca (keyword: Finance).

First of all, the keyword they provide doesn't actually bring up any relevant information. Try "rebate" instead (that's how I got my master's in librarianship, folks). Then you get a giant poster that says... oh hell, look at it yourself.


Sweet, sign me up.

And does that fine print say "Use that money any way you want to make your life here even better"? Why yes! It does. Even better!

Tell me more, tell me more! I look at the FAQs.

How much will the rebate be?

The maximum rebate for any given year is $2,000. You must have $2,000 or more of New Brunswick income tax payable in order to receive the full rebate amount in any particular year. For example, if you have $600 New Brunswick income tax payable, but have accumulated a credit of $3,000, you will only be eligible for a rebate of $600 for that particular taxation year. You may carry the remaining credits ($2,400) forward and claim it if you have New Brunswick tax payable in subsequent years.

According to this fantastic rebate program, students net exactly ZERO DOLLARS to "make [their lives] even better" or even to reduce tuition, because you can only get as a rebate the exact amount that you would otherwise have to pay to the government (up to $2000. Owe more? You're SOL!). Assuming that you are a responsible individual who pays their taxes, the only possible route for savings here is if you re-assign the full amount of money that you would have otherwise paid to the government (in taxes), to... the government. In student loans. Which are busy accruing interest at rates for which your amazing rebate certainly is not eligible.

*Truthfully, the rebate program doesn't say anything about student loans, but that's definitely the filter through which I'm looking at it - my principal balance would make a grown man cry, and I'm sure I'm not the only one out there with Mount Studentloan looming horrifically.

To summarize, through this magnificent program riddled with checks and balances bullshit, the Government of New Brunswick can take credit for both promoting "high quality education [as] the path to a better future and the foundation for economic development," and financially supporting students, without ever having to actually pay out a dime.

Kudos, gentlemen.


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Saving The Planet Through Canvas Bags?

I am in super Captain Planet mode lately, having just come off reading The Virtuous Consumer and now on to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I feel very called to action (though I can't say that my inbred desire to do nothing and maintain status quo hasn't occasionally popped up) and trying to do better, be better whether that is eating more locally grown food or the fact that I recently became the team captain of the Halifax run site's Librarians Run for the Cure group.

One of the things I am trying to be better about is bringing along my canvas bags. I have like 10 of them, but so often I do things like stop off at the store on the way home, and find myself without. I went shopping on the weekend (yay paycheque!) and remembered to take a bag (to the mall even! And had my best friend take one, too!) and I experienced very curious responses. At one store the cashier asked if I wanted a bag, noting that I had one in hand, and when I said that I would put my items in the bag I already had, she thought it was "wonderful! Excellent!"

At every other store, I got a dirty look. Um. (And it wasn't just me, my best friend also noted this phenomenon). Excuse me if it is too difficult for you, dear cashier, to simply hand over the items to me so that I can pack them in my little canvas tote. I'm just trying to do a Little Thing, here. Do you think I'm pretentious or something? I just want to save the sea turtles or whatever. Dirty looks aside, I packed my bag full and managed to not take home a single store bag...

Until the very last store, at which point my bag was full. That last store was Wal-Mart, so forgive me my transgressions but clearly my evolution to conscientious consumer is still a work in progress. Anyway. Two (small-ish) items. The cashier put them in separate bags. Gah.

(I left one behind.)


The Millennials Are Coming!

I really don't know what to make of the fact that I apparently am in a profession filled with people who view the replacement of old/retiring workers with young ones with *gasp* new ideas as a strange and terrifying thing, rather than what has ALWAYS happened.

Maybe we could talk about this a little bit more, I don't think it has been completely run into the ground yet. After all, by talking about it obsessively (but not of course by actually embracing this simple fact of life) we can continue to pretend that there's anything progressive about librarianship.

Firefox doesn't recognize librarianship as a word.