Ontario to freeze new fees at PSE institutions

March 9, 2012

In addition to extending for one year a 5% cap on overall tuition fee increases at colleges and universities, the Ontario government announced Thursday it will place a moratorium on raising or introducing flat and deferral fees for 2012-13. The government says this move will allow it to work with the PSE sector on a system-wide approach for institutional flat and deferral fees. The province says it will consult with institutions, organizations, and students on a new multi-year tuition policy over the next year to be set for fall 2013-14. While the Council of Ontario Universities welcomes the extended tuition framework, which it says will enable universities to protect the gains made through the provincial government's major investments in PSE, student groups express disappointment in the extension, arguing that it is a step back in making higher education accessible and affordable. Ontario News Release | COU News Release | CFS-O News Release | OUSA News Release | CSA News Release