TORONTO, Jan. 20, 2014 /CNW/ - Minister of Training, Colleges and
Universities Brad Duguid announced changes to the eligibility
requirements for the 30-Off Ontario Tuition Grant (OTG) for Ontario's
co-op students at a press conference at the University of Waterloo this
morning. Students enrolled in five-year co-operative education programs
will be provided with an additional year of OTG funding.
"Previously, students enrolled in five year co-op programs were
ineligible for the 30-Off Ontario Tuition Grant in their final year of
study," said Adam Garcia, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
Vice-President Administration and Vice-President Education of the
Federation of Students (Feds) at the University of Waterloo. "OUSA is
pleased with this eligibility extension as it will enable co-op
students to access additional non-repayable financial assistance in
their final year of study, and makes post-secondary education more
affordable as students near their transition to the labour force."
OUSA has been a longtime proponent of co-operative education programs. A
2012 study found that 82 per cent of employers who offer co-op
placements offered postgraduate employment to a former co-op student.
Additionally, graduates from co-op programs earned on average $2-3 more
per hour than students who did not participate in co-operative
Co-operative education programs provide students an opportunity to gain
both hard and soft skills that will help ease their transition into the
labour market post-graduation," said Amir Eftekarpour, OUSA President
and Vice-President External of the University Students' Council at
Western University (USC). "OUSA is committed to continuing to work with
the provincial government to improve employment opportunities for
recent graduates in Ontario."
About the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
OUSA represents the interests of over 140,000 professional and
undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at eight member
associations across Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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