TORONTO, Jan. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario's colleges are pleased that the
government has delivered on an election promise to provide a 30 per
cent tuition rebate to college and university students.
"This rebate will increase access to postsecondary education allowing
more students to get the skills needed to compete in the changing job
market," said Linda Franklin, President and CEO of Colleges Ontario.
"Future jobs will require higher levels of skills, it is estimated that
in 10 years' time, 75 per cent of Ontario's workers will need some
level of postsecondary education."
Premier Dalton McGuinty and Training, Colleges and Universities Minister
Glen Murray announced that as of Jan. 1, 2012, students with family
incomes of $160,000 or less per year will be eligible for a tuition
rebate. Qualifying students in a college program will receive a rebate
of $730, while students enrolled in a degree program at a university or
college will receive $1,600.
"We are particularly pleased that the government responded to our call
for college and university degree programs to be treated equally in the
tuition rebate program," Franklin said, noting that this will level the
playing field between university and college students.
Although Ontario college tuition fees are amongst the lowest in Canada,
we still recognize that some students face financial challenges. This
is welcome news for those students and their families.
A streamlined application process in January and funding of system
upgrades will also make it easier for students and administrators to
implement the new program.
Franklin said it is welcome news that operating grants will not be
lowered to fund the tuition rebate.
"Maintaining these grants is an investment in the system. Operating
dollars are needed to deliver quality programs to students."
Colleges Ontario is the voice of Ontario's 24 colleges of applied arts
and technology. Ontario colleges serve about 200 communities throughout
the province, delivering a wide range of career-focused education and
training programs to more than 200,000 full-time and 300,000 part-time
SOURCE Colleges Ontario
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