Throbbing student debt? There's an OSAP app for that

Students cry foul over Ontario's new OSAP phone app

OTTAWA, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - In the wake of the release of an 'app' designed to let students watch their debt grow, Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, John Milloy will be welcomed to the University of Ottawa campus this morning by U of O students who are on the front lines of student debt, and who are looking for continued progress in reforming the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

The Ontario Government has come under fire over its release of a phone app, which facilitates access to student OSAP accounts.  "An iPhone app is not going to help anyone pay off their already too-high student loan," says Amalia Savva, a fourth-year University of Ottawa student and coordinator of the Education is a Right campaign. "Minister Milloy must have better plans for improving access to university than this."

"While students appreciate the energy that the McGuinty Government is committing to OSAP reform, it is student-driven recommendations like those in the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario's Our Bright Future: Student Financial Assistance policy proposals, that will truly improve access to postsecondary education," says Sarah Jayne King, Vice-President, Finance at the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa. "We need to continue on the path charted by this week's announcement of a credit transfer system and implement changes that actually make a difference to Ontario students, like shifting money from tax credits into up-front grants."

The Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) and the Graduate Students' Association of the University of Ottawa (GSAÉD) represent over 35,000 U of O students at all levels of post-secondary education. The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario represents over 300,000 students province-wide, including all University of Ottawa students.

SOURCE Student Federation of the University of Ottawa

For further information:

Sarah Jayne King, VP Finance, SFUO
t. 613-863-6820
e. vp.finance@sfuo.ca

Mike Fancie, Advocacy and Communications Coordinator, GSAÉD
t. 613-866-3606
e. mfancie@gsaed.ca

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