TORONTO, Jan. 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Students welcome the new Ontario tuition
grant as a significant step forward for the affordability and
accessibility of post-secondary education in Ontario. This new program
is going to immediately help thousands of students across Ontario meet
the costs of attending post-secondary education.
"Targeted grants that reduce students' up-front costs have been a top
priority for OUSA in its work with the government, and we are extremely
pleased to see the government come through with the one of the largest
investments in grants in the province's history," said Sean Madden,
President of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA).
The new program launched today will be available to full-time domestic
Ontario undergraduate and college students out of high school for four
years or less with combined parental incomes of less than $160,000. For
this winter term, eligible undergraduates will receive $800. Going
forward, the grant will be tied each year to 30% of the average fees
for first-entry non-professional students. Unlike other grant programs,
students will not need to take out a student loan to access the new
grant. The government also announced the phasing out of three other
financial assistance programs: the Ontario Trust for Student Support;
the Textbook and Technology Grant; and the Queen Elizabeth II Aiming
for the Top Scholarship.
"It's unfortunate to see that the new program is being paid for in part
by the cancelling of student aid programs and offsets in student
support elsewhere. However, OUSA is pleased to see that its
recommendation to extend eligibility for students with disabilities has
been welcomed by the government," continued Madden. "We are hoping to
find ways moving forward to strengthen the program and help other
high-need students, such as mature Aboriginal students and older
students with children."
"This government understands that the path to prosperity starts by
putting students first. We look forward to working with them on the
next important step: developing a new tuition framework for September
that sustains the value of this investment and is fair, predictable and
affordable," said Sam Andrey, Executive Director of OUSA.
The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance represents the interests of
over 145,000 professional and undergraduate, full- and part-time
university students from nine student associations.
SOURCE Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
For further information:
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