University Students take to Queen's Park to Encourage More Affordable Tuition Regulations

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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or to arrange an interview, please contact Brandon Sloan, Director of Communications.
T: 416 605-1345
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