TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - Students are pleased that the election
promise of a new student grant was reaffirmed today by the Ontario
Government, but warn that the proposed grant will leave out hundreds of
thousands of low- and middle-income students who may believe they are
"Ontario families should not be confused. The government has not
promised to cut tuition fees. Dalton McGuinty is instead offering a
grant that one-third of all students will be eligible to receive," said
Sandy Hudson Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of
During the election, the Liberal party clarified that students in
professional programs, part-time students and students who are
independent of their parents will be ineligible for the proposed
tuition fee grant. This narrows eligibility to just one-third of all
students and will potentially exclude those students who need it most.
"This plan will waste millions of dollars in creating unnecessary
bureaucracy to administer a grant with such criteria. Students instead
want to see a real tuition fee reduction, for all students," said
Students have met with Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
Glen Murray to raise these concerns, and look forward to working with
the Ministry to ensure that tuition fee policies are equitable and help
Average undergraduate tuition fees are $6,640, the highest in Canada,
according to Statistics Canada. The Ontario Government's $1,600 grant
would only amount to 30 per cent if tuition fees were $5,400.
If the money dedicated to this grant were applied to tuition fees
directly, all students would receive a 13 per cent tuition fee
reduction, and there would be virtually no administration costs.
44% of students currently receiving financial aid through the Ontario
Student Assistance Program are considered independent of their parents
and will not be eligible for the tuition grant, even though they have
demonstrable financial need.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents more than 300,000
college, undergraduate and graduate students in all regions of Ontario.
SOURCE Canadian Federation of Students
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