40% of Ontario students relied on canceled tuition waiver: CBC

February 5, 2019

CBC has learned that the previous Ontario government issued non-repayable tuition grants to more than 234,000 postsecondary students in 2017 and 2018, 40% of the province’s total student population. According to CBC, Ontario colleges—which tend to enrol more mature students looking to upgrade their skills—tended to have more students who qualified for the waiver than did universities. College administrators told CBC that it is too early to predict what sort of impact the province’snew tuition system—which consists of a 10% tuition cut—will have on their student populations. Ontario’s current government says it axed the free tuition program because it cost the province $1.4B in its first year. CBC (ON)