Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario Wants Fee Reduction Not Tuition Grant

The Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario (CFS) is calling on Ontario’s government to convert the Ontario Tuition Grant to a fee reduction.

This comes after a recent announcement by the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Glen Murray, said that about 60 per cent of eligible students have received the grant.

“The low disbursement rate of the Ontario Tuition Grant, combined with the announcement of another five per cent tuition fee hike is proof that a true tuition fee reduction is not only more efficient and effective, it’s critical to helping the province’s indebted students,” said Sarah Jayne King, Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario.

The CFS is also calling on the government to reveal how many students applied, how many students received, how many students were rejected and how the government plans to spend the remaining money that has not been disbursed.

“We warned in January that the government’s method of distributing this student aid would not reach all students who were promised this grant,” said King. “The Liberals seem more interested in scoring quick political points than actually helping students,” said King.

“Students opposed the problematic administration of this grant and have consistently called for McGuinty to make good on his promise and reduce tuition fees for all Ontario’s students.”

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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  1. PoorStudent Says:

    I completely agree. I applied for this grant back in January because as a student paying my own tuition, I could really use the help. Unfortunately, 6 months later I’m still waiting for them to pay up. I repeatedly get the run-around from OSAP when I call to figure out exactly why I’m still waiting. I counted on this grant for a variety of reasons and I can honestly say I’m going to think twice next time before allowing “grants” like this to help influence my vote. 


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