TORONTO, June 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario's universities are giving the
opportunity of a postsecondary education to current and former Crown
wards and youth leaving the care of Children's Aid Societies.
"A university education can transform lives, and Ontario's universities
are so happy to partner with the province to provide this opportunity
for young people leaving care," says Alastair Summerlee, Chair of the
Council of Ontario Universities (COU) and President of the University
"There is no greater gift than the opportunity of a postsecondary
education," says COU President and CEO Bonnie M. Patterson. "Ontario's
universities are making a difference in the lives of young people who
can achieve independence and make their mark on society. Universities
and the government are dedicated to ensuring that finances are not a
barrier to accessing postsecondary education; all qualified and willing
students should be able to attend."
For the 2013-14 school year, postsecondary institutions and the
government will increase financial aid provided for youth in and
leaving care by:
Providing a Living and Learning grant of $500 a month to youth aged 21
to 24 enrolled in Ontario Student Assistance Program eligible programs.
Covering 100 per cent of their tuition fees, up to a maximum of $6,000 a
Through the new 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care program, Ontario
will cover the first half of tuition costs through the Access Grant for
Crown Wards and the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant for eligible
students. All Ontario's public universities will cover the remaining
cost of tuition, for up to four years of study.
A university education is one of the best investments young people can
make in their future, leading to better career opportunities, higher
incomes and life-long skills.
The latest statistics show that 87.5 per cent of Ontario students are
finding employment within six months of graduation, and 93.1 per cent
are employed within two years.
University students are earning an average of $42,403 six months after
graduation, more than those with any other level of education.
Within two years of graduation, 82 per cent of graduates working full
time say their work is related to the skills they gained in their
A recent report by CIBC listed 25 occupations showing signs of a skills
shortage over the next several years. Almost all of these occupations
require a university degree.
COU is a membership organization of 21 publicly assisted universities in
Ontario. It works closely with the provincial and federal governments
to shape public policies that help universities deliver high-quality
programs for students, and the research and innovation that improves
the social, cultural and economic well-being of Ontarians.
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SOURCE: Council of Ontario Universities
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Telephone: 416-979-2165 extension 233
Email Wendy McCann