OTTAWA, Jan. 24 /CNW/ - The government unveiled its first app this
morning, which will allow students to watch their debt grow through the
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
"Allowing students to track their student debt through an app for an
iPad or iPhone will not improve the accessibility of college or
university education," said Sandy Hudson, Chairperson of the Canadian
Federation of Students-Ontario. "Ontario students owe more money to the
Ontario government than ever before because of the record-high cost of
tuition fees. The creation of this app does nothing to help students
contend with mortgage-sized student debts."
"Students have made dozens of recommendations to reform the Ontario
Student Assistance Program, including reallocating back-end tax credits
to become up-front grants, lowering parental contribution levels and
reducing the amount of time that is required for a student to be
considered independent from their family," said Hamid Osman, National
Executive Representative of the Canadian Federation of
Students-Ontario. "Students need changes to OSAP that are going to help
them access post-secondary education, and an OSAP app does not do
In December 2009, the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario released a
suite of recommendations about how to improve student financial
assistance in Ontario. The recommendations called Our Bright Future: Student Financial Assistance can be found here.
The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario unites more than 300,000
college and university students studying at public post-secondary
institutions across the province.
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF STUDENTS
For further information:
Sandy Hudson, Ontario Chairperson: 416-925-3825 or 416-722-8842 (cell)
Nora Loreto, Communications Coordinator, 416-925-3825 or 416-846-6672 (cell)