Ontario government makes it easier to watch your student debt grow

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 this."

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)

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