OUSA outlines short-term priorities regarding student aid for Ontario budget

July 5, 2012

Last month the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance appeared before the province's Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs to speak about its short-term priorities for the budget, with a particular focus on student financial assistance. In a new report OUSA recommends that the province continue and improve upon its tuition grant, by ensuring that independent students who are Aboriginal or have a child under the age of 12 are adequately supported by the grant, and by extending eligibility for the grant by one year for first-entry students in 5-year programs. OUSA also recommends maintaining the Ontario Student Opportunities Grant debt cap at $7,300 per annum, as well as gradually phasing out provincial tuition and education-tax credits and diverting incremental savings to up-front grant programs. Report