TORONTO, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Policy changes announced today by the
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will provide some
clarity and relief for students, but do not go far enough to protect
students from unfair fee policies.
"The government has taken some small steps on issues students have been
sounding the alarm on, such as flat fees, per-term tuition fee billing
and graduation fees," said Alastair Woods, Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario. "Although students want to see an end
to flat fees, we welcome these changes that will save students money."
The policy changes announced today include increasing the threshold for
flat fees at universities from 60 per cent to 80 per cent over the next
three years, ensuring that all students can pay tuition fees per term
without any penalty, and eliminating fees charged to students for
The government will also now permit institutions to charge a deposit of
$500 or 10 per cent of tuition fees and have opened additional avenues
to allow ancillary fees for digital learning tools. The new policies
will also do nothing to address flat fees at Ontario colleges or
improve enforcement of the province's ancillary fee protocol.
"Unfortunately, some of the proposals provide new opportunities for
institutions to burden students with additional costs," said Woods.
"Students will continue to advocate at the institutional and provincial
levels to end these and other unfair fee practices."
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario has long advocated for
per-term billing and an end to flat fee policies that force students to
pay the cost of a full course load regardless of the number of courses
they are actually enrolled in. Earlier this fall, it was discovered
that the University of Toronto made more than $1.7 million in interest
by forcing students to pay the full cost of tuition fees in advance of
the start of the academic year.
The recommendations students made to the Working Group on Tuition
Billing and Associated Fees can be found here.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario is the province's largest
student organization, representing more than 300,000 college and
university students at 38 students' unions in all regions of the
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Students - Ontario
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