Affordability, quality, and accessibility rank as top priorities in OUSA student survey

February 7, 2017

Part-time students, married students, and students with dependants studying in Ontario find their education unaffordable, says Danielle Pierre, a Research and Policy Analyst for the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance. The claim draws on survey data from over 10,000 students that was collected by OUSA’s biennial Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey in November 2015. Among students’ primary concerns about PSE was affordability, specifically with respect to tuition, ancillary fees, and financial assistance. The affordability concerns for part-time students, married students, and students with dependants are especially compelling, notes Pierre, when one considers the fact that 79% of students surveyed worked during the summer and 38% worked during the school year to pay for school. OUSA