OUSA poll finds that Ontarians are concerned with cost of university degree

June 4, 2014

Results of a new survey released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) suggest that many Ontarians are concerned about student debt. 79% of 1000 respondents to the survey agreed that students and families must take on too much debt to pay for university. OUSA pointed out that this concern was consistent across demographic groups: 79% of respondents from households that earn a combined income greater  than $100,000 agreed with the statement regarding student borrowing, as well as 79% of respondents from households with no children. 86% of respondents from households with a combined income of $40,000 or less agreed that students were forced to borrow too much to pay for school. Meanwhile, 53% of respondents said that a university degree was “important” or “very important” to finding a good job, while only 11% said it was “unimportant” or “very unimportant.” Nearly half of respondents said they would be willing to accept a tax increase to decrease student costs and improve financial assistance. OUSA News Release | Full Report