TORONTO, March 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Students from across Ontario have
travelled to Queen's Park this week for the Ontario Undergraduate
Student Alliance's (OUSA) annual Student Advocacy Conference. Student
leaders representing over 155 000 undergraduate students will spend the
next three days meeting with Ministers, MPPs, and party critics to
discuss the need for the government to create a more progressive and
affordable set of tuition regulations.
"Affordability is a top concern for students," said Alysha Li, President
of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. "Students across Ontario
were encouraged by the Minister's recent comment in the Toronto Star
that the current tuition framework would not likely be extended. Five
percent increases have gradually made Ontario the least affordable
province in the country to study."
Over the course of the week, students hope to encourage the entire
legislature to support an end to the current regime of 5 percent
increases. Lobbying efforts will also be directed at improving the
province's credit transfer system, and increasing funding for
front-line campus mental health services.
"Our recommendations have been well received at the meetings we've had
thus far," Li continued. "We're hoping that the Ministers and MPPs we
meet with will be willing support our recommendations to Minister
Duguid and the Premier, and to raise our concerns with Cabinet and
their respective caucuses."
About the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)
OUSA represents the interests of over 155,000 professional and
undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at nine member
associations across Ontario.
SOURCE: Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
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