Ontario Liberals Have A Plan to Help Youth Reach Their Full Potential
TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2011 /CNW/ - Ontario Liberals are committed to making
postsecondary education more accessible and affordable to help our
young people reach their full potential, building a brighter future for
all Ontarians, Premier Dalton McGuinty said today.
"If we're going to win the future, we need all young Ontarians at their
best," McGuinty said to a crowd of Ontario Young Liberals in Toronto.
"That's why we're committed to helping our youth achieve success in
school, go on to postsecondary education and get a good job."
Working together, we've added 200,000 more postsecondary spaces, brought
back up-front grants, doubled student aid, increased the graduation
rate and helped more students get a job within six months of
"What we've achieved together in postsecondary education for our
students over the last eight years is nothing short of amazing,"
McGuinty said. "We've made education a top priority. And today, we
have the highest postsecondary education attainment rate among all 34
OECD countries. But there is more to do."
To continue to make sure postsecondary education remains accessible and
affordable and stays within everyone's reach, Ontario Liberals are
going to help lower- and middle-income families with a 30 per cent
postsecondary undergraduate tuition grant for full-time students. That
means — every year — the families of five out of six full-time,
undergraduate students will save $1,600 per student in university and
$730 per student in college.
"We understand the importance of getting a high-quality, affordable
education," McGuinty said. "That's why our plan continues to make
education a priority. We'll make the necessary investments to increase
the number of spaces available and reduce average tuition by 30 per
cent tuition for lower- and middle-income families."
Ontario Liberal Plan to make postsecondary education more accessible and
affordable also includes:
Increasing postsecondary attainment by adding 60,000 new spaces;
Building three new undergraduate satellite campuses;
Continuing to cap student debt at $7,300 for each year of undergraduate
Providing students who work in the not-for-profit sector with an
additional six-month interest-free grace period after graduation —
meaning one full year after of no payments, no interest.
"Ontario Liberals are the only party that truly champions postsecondary
education," McGuinty said. "Postsecondary is a big part of our record
of success for Ontario families and is a bigger part of our plan to
keep Ontario moving forward, together."
The Hudak PCs have $14 billion in unfunded giveaways and tax cuts that
would mean deep cuts to schools and hospitals. The Horwath NDP would
introduce a crushing $9 billion in job killing taxes. And last time
the NDP were in government they promised to eliminate tuition — instead
they raised it 50 per cent. Both would take us off track at the worst
Only the Ontario Liberals have made postsecondary education a priority
and will continue to make postsecondary education more accessible and
affordable for Ontario families.
The full platform is available at www.theontarioway.ca.
September 25, 2011
NEW TUITION GRANT FOR STUDENTS
Ontario Liberals have been working hard to build the best-educated
workforce in the world — from full-day kindergarten to university,
college and apprenticeships.
A postsecondary education is as necessary today as a high school diploma
was a few generations ago. Experts say 70 per cent of the jobs created
in the future will need workers with a high level of skill and
Ontario Liberals want every student to have the opportunity to succeed
and we're giving them the support they need to get there. In
particular, we're going to support all lower-and middle-income families
with a new tuition grant for full-time undergraduate students.
This will improve access to education for more Ontario students and help
us reach our goal of having 70 per cent of all Ontarians get a
We are already well on our way. Today, Ontario has the highest rate of
enrolment in postsecondary education in Canada.
Since 2003, enrolment has increased in postsecondary education by 26 per
cent, representing a roughly 4 per cent growth rate each year since
2003. The average growth rate for the rest of the country is about half
Our plan builds on our success in postsecondary education. To reduce
postsecondary costs, we currently provide grants for lower-income
Ontario families. Now, we're taking the next step.
HELPING ONTARIO'S MIDDLE-CLASS FAMILIES
We need to make sure postsecondary education remains accessible and
affordable for lower- and middle-income families because 70 per cent of
future jobs are going to require it.
Starting in January 2012, full-time undergraduate students with family
incomes under $160,000 — and who are less than four years out of high
school — will qualify for the new tuition grant. The new tuition grant
will save families $1,600 per student in university and $730 per
student in college, each year.
Students will receive this grant every school year — for up to four
years of an undergraduate program.
These amounts are based on a 30 per cent average undergraduate tuition
for college and university in Ontario. A student will not receive more
than these amounts if their tuition is higher than the average.
However, a student will still receive these amounts if their tuition is
lower than the average.
The amount of the grant will always be 30 per cent of average tuition,
so it will increase proportionately with the rate of tuition inflation.
Students will begin receiving the grant in January 2012, prorated on a
The new tuition grant will benefit 86 per cent of the full-time
undergraduate student population. In total, it will save each student
up to $6,400 for an undergraduate university program and $2,920 for an
undergraduate college program.
This will bring the average amount of tuition paid by undergraduate
students in Ontario to well below the Canadian average.
The new tuition grant will be paid directly to universities and colleges
and will be deducted from students' tuition bill. Students will not
have to qualify for OSAP to be eligible for the new tuition grant.
ONTARIO ACCESS GRANT AND ONTARIO STUDENT OPPORTUNITIES GRANT
Thanks to Ontario Liberals, the Ontario Access Grant (OAG) and the
Ontario Student Opportunities Grant (OSOG) are already giving more
students the chance to attend university or college.
The new tuition grant builds on these two grant programs by extending
grant support for the first time to all middle-income students with
family incomes under $160,000.
The Ontario Liberal plan builds on our success in postsecondary
education. We're moving forward together, building a better Ontario for
our children and grandchildren.
SOURCE Ontario Liberal Party
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