College Students Working to Better Accountability and Affordability in Ontario's Colleges



    TORONTO, June 6 /CNW/ - Ontario college and college/university students
along with the College Student Alliance (CSA) have been working with the
government, colleges and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
(MTCU) to strengthen the accountability and affordability of a college
education through enhancements to the mandatory ancillary fee policy.
    "The CSA has for years been working with our student governments and
their students to address the enormous issues with the current mandatory
ancillary fee policy to ensure that students are only paying for their fair
share of the cost their education," says Tyler Wiles, President of the College
Student Alliance. "Ensuring accessibility and affordability of our college
system has and always will be priority number one for the CSA."
    Colleges and universities across the province and throughout Canada
supplement government operating funding and tuition fees with revenue from
mandatory and non-mandatory ancillary fees. These fees are to fund services
and programs and facilities not covered by operating funds and tuition fees.
In Ontario, all mandatory fees are subject to a protocol that ensures the
elected representatives for the students - the student government - has the
second to last say on whether or not a fee is increased or a new one is
implemented.
    "As the cost of obtaining a postsecondary education designation continues
to increase; it is important that where ever possible students are the ones
controlling the level of increase," adds Wiles.
    The CSA has a proven track record of representing the interests of
Ontario college and college/university students in matters related to tuition
and mandatory ancillary fees. This year alone we've seen results for students
at Sheridan and Sault College as students were incorrectly charged an
ineligible fee under the current policy and were issued a refund by the
college. We also have been working with the student government at Conestoga
College and the MTCU to tighten up some of their fees. In fact, a few years
ago, the CSA alongside the Mohawk Student Association worked with the MTCU to
reverse a new fee imposed to students without their approval by the college,
which resulted in Mohawk College refunding over $225,000 to the students.
    "The CSA remains committed to ensuring that Ontario's postsecondary
education system remains accessible, affordable and accountable," says Tyler
Charlebois, Director of Advocacy. "For over three decades, the CSA has been
the champion of the college system and the rights of students."

    The College Student Alliance (CSA) is an advocacy and services
organization which has been proudly serving Ontario's college and
college/university students since 1975. The CSA currently represents 16
colleges and 23 student councils with over 109,000 full-time student members
throughout the province.





For further information:

For further information: Tyler Charlebois, Director of Advocacy, T:
(416) 340-1212, C: (416) 346-9951, E: Charlebois@csaontario.org; Tyler Wiles,
President, T: (519) 972-2727 x 4524, C: (519) 566-7211, E:
twiles@stclaircollege.ca

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