TORONTO, Feb. 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
(OUSA) submitted its recommendations today to the Ontario government on
how to strengthen its regulatory framework on tuition fees. The current
regulations, set to expire this academic year, have allowed tuition
fees to increase by five per cent annually for six consecutive years,
making Ontario the most expensive province to study in Canada.
"For the first time in the history of the province, Ontario's students
now contribute as much to the operating costs of universities as the
government does," said Sean Madden, President of the Ontario
Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA). "At this critical juncture,
students are urging the government to reduce the cap on tuition
increases moving forward."
The submission, Tomorrow's Tuition: A New Framework for Affordable Higher Education, outlines students' proposals for a fair and affordable tuition
framework. This includes the necessary step of limiting tuition
increases to no more than inflation, while government increases
per-student operating grants to cover reasonable inflationary costs.
The submission also urges the government to utilize a uniform tuition
cap to flatten the escalating cost disparities that exist between
programs, and ensure international tuition predictability beyond the
Students are also calling on the government to enforce fair tuition
payment processes that would put an end to flat-fee billing and
charging deferral fees to students who cannot pay their full tuition
fees before the start of the first term. The new proposed regulations
would require institutions to charge on a per-credit basis and at
reasonable deadlines. The submission also contains a number of
suggested improvements to the design and eligibility of the new Ontario
tuition grant to have the maximum impact and better support high-need
"The government's significant investment in tuition grants will be
quickly eroded if fees are allowed to increase well above inflation,"
continued Madden. "We are looking forward to continued work together to
protect the investment and build an accessible and high quality
post-secondary education system."
Copies of the submission are available on our website. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance represents the interests of
over 145,000 professional and undergraduate, full- and part-time
university students from nine student associations.
SOURCE Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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