TORONTO, March 28, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's colleges are disappointed the
provincial government's new restrictions on tuition increases come as
colleges are already struggling with disproportionate cost pressures
from last year's provincial budget.
"Colleges have already been told to manage reductions that are much
greater than they should be," said Linda Franklin, the president and
CEO of Colleges Ontario. "This new restriction on tuition makes it even
more difficult for colleges to deliver quality programs to students."
The government announced today that college tuition can only increase by
a maximum of three per cent for each of the next four years. Colleges
had been seeking an extension of the provincial framework that would
have allowed tuition to increase by as much as five per cent.
College tuitions in Ontario are among the lowest in the country. The
typical tuition fee for an Ontario college program is about $2,400 per
Franklin said it is important to ensure that post-secondary education is
In fact, the colleges were hoping today's announcement would include
changes to the eligibility criteria for the 30% Off Ontario Tuition to
allow more college students to apply for the grant. Many college
applicants are people who have been in the workforce - they are
ineligible to apply for the grant if they have been out of high school
for more than four years.
The fiscal challenge that today's announcement creates is that colleges
are already dealing with post-secondary spending reductions from 2012
that were disproportionately unfair to the sector.
In last year's provincial budget, colleges were told to assume 46.5 per
cent of the budget's reductions in post-secondary education. That is
despite the fact that colleges only represent 28.7 per cent of the
total operating funding for post-secondary education.
Furthermore, colleges must operate with less funding than their
counterparts. Per-student revenues for colleges in Ontario are lower
than the per-student revenues for universities and high schools.
"Ontario's colleges run efficient operations and we have been clear that
we're committed to finding new efficiencies," Franklin said. "However,
we are disappointed the province continues to force colleges to assume
a disproportionately unfair share of the burden."
SOURCE: Colleges Ontario
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