OUSA Releases Report on Student Financial Assistance in Ontario

Ancillary Fee Oversight on Ontario’s Campuses

In recent years, there has been an increasing concern from university students on the dramatic increase of ancillary fees at Ontario universities. Ancillary fees are fees charged to pay for administrative services, materials and activities not supported by operating grants, capital grants or tuition fees. This can include fees for student services provided by the university, services provided by student organizations, fees for specific and limited projects, and system wide fees (e.g., fees established through a formal agreement for all Ontario universities such as the University Health Insuran …read more

Students with dependants face a myriad of barriers when attending post-secondary education: juggling the demands of school, caring responsibilities, and often work too. As a group, students with dependants are currently underrepresented in the university system: studies have found that people between the ages of 24 – 26 who had a child were 2.5 times less likely to have attended university, while those aged between 20-22 with children were 7 times less likely. [1] The barriers faced by students with dependants may be academic, motivational, informational, or personal, but it is important to …read more

September Message from the President

Well that’s it folks, the summer is over and it went by quicker than any of us likely would have imagined. For the members of OUSA’s Steering Committee and Home Office, the summer is a time for planning and now that summer is over, it is time we hit the ground running. We have a packed schedule for the coming year, but I think it is safe to say that we are ready to hit the ground running.
Our steering committee has selected OUSA’s advocacy priorities for the coming year and we are looking forward to start making some positive changes for students in Ontario. This year, OUSA will be w …read more

Although the mention of private sector presence in academia often triggers apprehension, carefully negotiated partnerships between universities and private entities can benefit students during their studies and after.
The key phrase, of course, is ‘carefully negotiated’ — without assurances and thoughtful planning, public-private partnerships (PPPs) can easily go awry. The most commonly voiced concerns surround academic freedom, the principle that universities, as institutions devoted to knowledge and discovery, should set impartial curricula and research missions free of political m …read more