Ontario proposes tuition relief measures

October 9, 2013

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) has proposed several measures to address concerns heard during roundtables on technical tuition-related fees, including raising the threshold for flat-fee tuition charged only to students with 70% or more of a full course load in 2014-15, and raising the threshold to 80% in 2015. The Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) has pressed MTCU to do more to address flat fees. Some universities are currently under a flat-fee moratorium, and MTCU’s proposal includes lifting the moratorium and placing those universities under the 80% by 2015 threshold policy. OUSA is calling on Ontario to extend the existing moratorium on flat fees, while simultaneously raising the threshold to 80% for institutions that use this billing practice. Other policy changes proposed in the report include requiring institutions to pay for stand-alone online evaluation materials through operating funds or provide students with a partial refund or upfront discount; and to regulate deferral fees to ensure that students unable to meet tuition costs by payment deadlines do not pay additional fees. Toronto Star | OUSA News Release