Ontario students hit with second highest tuition in the country

    TORONTO, Oct. 18 /CNW/ - The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance
(OUSA), representing students across the province, is deeply concerned with
the rate of increases for tuition in Ontario, as highlighted by a Statistics
Canada report released today. Ontario continues to have the second highest
tuition levels in the country and the current cost-sharing agreement between
students and government is unfair.
    According to the STATSCAN report, tuition in Ontario increased by
4.4 percent. Ontario students have the second highest tuition rates in the
country and continue to pay a higher proportion of tuition costs than students
elsewhere. The current tuition framework does little to address this
imbalance. OUSA believes that government must improve the regulatory framework
to ensure that the cost-sharing arrangement between student and the general
public is fair.
    "Students in Ontario still bear a disproportionately high share of cost
and the province's universities continue to receive one of the lowest levels
of per student funding in Canada," said David Simmonds, President of OUSA. "We
are far beyond the national average when it comes to the cost of education
being paid by students. Reaching the national average needs to be a priority
for our province."
    The biggest fee increase occurred in New Brunswick and Quebec, where fees
rose by 4.8 per cent. Ontario is a close second with fee increases at
4.4 per cent. On the other end of the spectrum, Prince Edward Island and Nova
Scotia decreased by 9.8 per cent and 8.5 per cent, respectively.
    Ontario remains over $800 above the nation-wide tuition fee average and
tuition in Ontario increased 1.6 percent above the national average. Tuition
fees in Canada averaged at $4,524 (a 2.8 per cent change from the previous
year). Nova Scotia remains the province with the highest fees of $5,878 with
Ontario not far behind at $5,381.
    The continued increase in tuition fees largely outpaces the average CPI
increase, which was 2.1 in 2006-07.
    For more information on OUSA's position on tuition and what it means for
the province of Ontario, please visit: http://ousa.ca/sef/page/id/64.html

    OUSA represents the interests of over 125,000 professional and
undergraduate, full- and part-time university students at seven institutions
across the province. For more information, please visit: www.ousa.ca.

For further information:

For further information: David Simmonds, President, OUSA, (416)
341-9948; Chris Locke, Executive Director, OUSA, (416) 341-9948

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