Press Release: Students Supportive of Ontario’s Investment in Campus Mental Health

When it came to deciding what university to attend, there were many factors that I considered about each school. These elements included the academic rigor, quality of campus resources, school spirit, and much more. At the time, I did acknowledge distance as a factor, but I never realized the potential affects that it could have on my life here at school. However, upon coming to Kingston, I better understand why geography can become a deterrent for students deciding where to attend post-secondary education.
While I had never seen myself to be someone who would get homesick, I’ve found myself …read more

It must be a sign
OUSA held our 41st General Assembly last weekend, and thanks to our hardworking and sharp delegates, was a great success. All three papers (Tuition, Mature Students, and LGBTQ+ Students) passed plenary and are in their final stages of tweaking before being added to our policy library. For those who were there and want to reminisce, and for those who weren’t there and want to feel “in the know”, we have a brief recap of what exactly went down at Spring GA 2015.
We were thrilled to be at McMaster University for the spring GA, and Hamilton showed us a w …read more

March Update from the President

March is always a busy month for our student associations, and here at OUSA we have a lot of excitement approaching as well! This weekend, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance will be welcoming students from across the province to work on passing our next round of policy papers. Hosted by the McMaster Student Union, delegates from across the province will engage in conversations about the future of tuition, as well as some of the specific challenges mature students and LGBTQ+ students may face.
The OUSA policy paper on tuition will focus on pragmatically engaging with the province’s ne …read more

International students choosing to study in Canada have some of the highest tuition of any student population in the country. In Ontario, an international student pursuing an undergraduate degree this year can expect to pay over 264 per cent more than their domestic counterparts thanks to high, deregulated international tuition. Given the ever-climbing tuition rates for international students, it must be asked: what student financial assistance is available to international students?
In some ways, this is a bit of a peculiar question to ask. Given the high cost of pursuing a degree in …read more