TORONTO, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario students appreciate that the
government has not extended the existing tuition framework, which
allowed 5 per cent annual tuition fee increases, and are pleased that
the government has signaled that they will prohibit the charging of
deferral fees for students receiving financial assistance. While it
does not go as far as students had hoped, the announcement today makes
progress towards a more affordable framework than previously existed,
and will slow cost increases for Ontario students compared to what they
have experienced under the existing framework.
Students made a number of recommendations for a more affordable tuition
framework this past fall in our government submission Ontario's Next Tuition Framework. In it, students recommended that the government freeze tuition for at
least one year and increase per-student funding to universities at the
rate of inflation to partially compensate. In the event tuition fees
would increase in future years, students asked that they not increase
above the rate of inflation, as measured by the Ontario Consumer Price
"Students are disappointed that the government has not frozen tuition
for a year, nor limited all future increases to no more than the rate
of inflation," said Alysha Li, OUSA President. "Although we recognize
that the new framework is better than the 5 percent annual increases
we've experienced since 2006, at 3 percent, it is still above Ontario's
rate of inflation."
Students are pleased that the government has accepted students'
recommendation to prohibit charging deferral fees for students
receiving financial assistance. Deferral fees, charged to students who
could not pay their tuition by payment deadlines that have been set
progressively earlier in the summer, are an unfair practice that
increases costs for students with the highest financial need.
"Although today's tuition framework announcement does not reflect many
of the recommendations of Ontario's students, we do recognize that this
is a more affordable alternative to the framework that has been in
place for the last seven years," continued Li. "As an organization, we
will continue to work with the government to see that the steps taken
today towards a more fair, affordable and accessible tuition framework
are further developed in the future."
About the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
OUSA represents the interests of over 155,000 professional and
undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at nine member
associations across Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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