OUSA Releases Report on Student Financial Assistance in Ontario

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Formed in 1992, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) is a non-profit advocacy organization that strives to effectively and responsibly represent Ontario’s full and part-time undergraduate students to lobby for an affordable, accessible, accountable and high-quality higher education system. In order to achieve these goals, OUSA provides research and policy solutions to government, organizes campaigns, communicates their priorities, and develops partnerships with post-secondary education sector stakeholders. With a membership of more than 140,000 undergraduate, professional full a …read more

Earlier this week, York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School announced changes to the student financial assistance options that will be available to its Juris Doctor (JD) students. Beginning next year, Osgoode will be running a pilot income contingent loan repayment program (ICLRP) that will see a minimum of five JD students accepted to the law school under this program. Enrolled in the ICLRP, students will not pay tuition during the course of their studies, but will instead begin repaying their institutional loan when their income reaches a still to-be-determined threshold. Although the rep …read more

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