Grants For Textbooks And Travel Help Students Access Postsecondary Education, Achieve Success

    Ontario Liberals Reaching Higher For Students

    TORONTO, Sept. 15 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty laid out the next step
in the Ontario Liberals' plan to improve access and quality in Ontario's
colleges and universities by building on the $6.2 billion Reaching Higher
investment in postsecondary education.
    "In today's knowledge-based economy, the best jobs and the most
investment will go to the place with the best-educated, most highly skilled
people," said Premier McGuinty to a crowd of Ontario Young Liberals in
    "I'm so grateful to be here with you today - young people who are not
only looking forward to creating a bright future for themselves, but looking
around at others, and asking, 'How can we all move forward, together?'" said
    "Nothing is more important to moving forward and building the society we
want to build, and the economy we need to sustain it, than publicly funded
education from the early grades to postsecondary."
    Ontario Liberals will:
      -  Introduce special distance travel grants to help students who live
         in rural and northern areas meet the cost of commuting daily to a
         post-secondary institution.
      -  Introduce annual textbook and technology grants of $300 to help get
         students started
      -  Give students and parents of postsecondary students an upfront grant
         instead of making them wait for a tax credit at the end of the year
      -  Work with the federal government to double the time before graduates
         must begin paying back student loans from six months to one year so
         they have a chance to establish themselves before beginning payments
      -  Add 25 per cent more new apprenticeship positions.

    These commitments would build on the Reaching Higher plan, the largest
investment in higher education in 40 years. Under Reaching Higher, the Ontario
Liberals have:
      -  Created 86,000 new spaces in colleges and universities
      -  Doubled student aid
      -  Brought back grants - cut under the NDP - for needy students each
      -  Doubled the number of new apprenticeships.

    "Investing in the education and skills of our people is the right course
for our society, for our economy, for our families and our future," said
Premier McGuinty. "That's why we have made success for students our most
important priority."

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