Ontario Liberals' New 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant making postsecondary education more affordable

TORONTO, Feb. 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The Ontario Young Liberals are pleased to see Premier Dalton McGuinty and the Ontario Liberals standing up for Ontario students and putting them first, says Michelle Jonhston University of Toronto Young Liberals President.

The government's new 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant will make a real, measurable difference in the affordability of college and university. In fact, it already is, this semester university and college degree students are receiving $800 and college diploma and certificate programs students are receiving $365.

There are groups in Ontario, claiming to represent students, who would like this grant to apply to students whose family earn over $160,000 per year. However, the tuition grant is meant to assist students from lower- and middle-income families to ensure that the cost of postsecondary education stays within their reach. The grant is meant to help high school students have a smooth transition to postsecondary education, since 7 out of 10 jobs now will require education beyond high school. More than 300,000 students are eligible to receive 30% off tuition this year and 5 out of 6 families could benefit.

"The new 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant is a huge step in the right direction to making postsecondary education affordable and accessible for all Ontarians," said University of Toronto Young Liberals President Michelle Johnston.  "We applaud the Premier's continue commitment to students and call on the NDP and Conservatives to step up and support students by supporting 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant."

Key Facts:

  • More than 300,000 students are eligible to receive 30% off tuition this year.
  • So far, over 60,000 students have applied for the Ontario Tuition Grant.
  • There are many grants available for Ontario students: http://bit.ly/wQZrPw
  • The NDP government increased tuition by 50%.
  • The Conservative government under Mike Harris allowed tuition to skyrocket 66%.

The Ontario Young Liberals is the youth wing of the Ontario Liberal Party, ages 14-26 www.oyl.org

SOURCE The Ontario Young Liberals

For further information:

Asquith Allen Jr.
Vice-President Provincial
York University Young Liberals
416 709 8786

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