Like all aspects of the organization, the NBSA’s policy shop is student-driven. The Board of Directors sets direction for the development of reasonable, evidence-based policy positions during bi-annual policy conferences and as members of various issues-based committees. These policy positions serve as the foundation of our advocacy efforts, addressing students’ concerns and providing suggestions for how those concerns could be mitigated.

The NBSA’s current policy positions cover a range of issues across the post-secondary education sector, from student financial aid to experiential learning. You will find those positions in this section, in addition to information on our committees, published reports and submissions, and research library.

Conference Cycle


Transition/Strategy Conference

These conferences provide the education needed for the incoming board to develop its strategic direction for their term. Participants go through a series of training sessions that help develop an understanding of the province's post-secondary sector, well-creating policy recommendations that support the concerns of our members.

Policy and Planning Conference

NBSA's policy and planning conference looks at the main priorities that the board established, at their strategy conference, and use this time to develop clear and concise policy recommendations.

Advocacy Week

Each year NBSA organizes a series of lobby meetings with policymakers, senior civil servants, and stakeholders, to showcase the research-based policy recommendations that centre around improving the quality of the province's post-secondary education sector. This event is based around the legislative seating schedule.

Annual General Meeting

NBSA's annual general meeting is an overview of the organization's performance. This conference also allows the outgoing board to provide recommendations, and lessons learnt for the incoming board.

The following are current NBSA policy principles. These policy principles guide the NBSA’s advocacy work. Policy is approved by the Board of Directors and arranged here according to the organization’s values.



01: Upfront, needs-based grants
03: Sexual violence support services on campus
04: Legislation on campus sexual violence
05: Visually impaired students
06: Deaf and hard of hearing students
07: Implementing the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission
08: Accessibility in postsecondary education



01: Elimination of provincial student loan interest
02: University funding and tuition
03: The New Brunswick Debt Relief Program
04: Removal of credit checks from grant applications


Quality of Life

01: Provincial contribution to campus mental health
02: Unpaid internships
03:E-mental health services


Quality of Education:

02: Value of experiential learning
04: Provincial experiential learning fund