Happy December everyone! OUSA has just wrapped up our most successful Student Advocacy Conference yet, having had 75 meetings at Queen’s Park over the course of 4 days last week. I want to thank everyone involved with the conference for the many productive conversations that were had with MPPs around tuition and quality; your recognition of post-secondary education as critical to the success of the province and its youth is encouraging, and I applaud you for your willingnes …read more
For the past year, OUSA has been working actively to begin a robust discussion on Ontario’s tuition framework, with an eye to the implementation of a new one in the upcoming year. Most of our lobbying and policy work strongly emphasizes fairness for students, whether through regulating payment processes, flat-fee tuition or, the topic I’m about to delve into – per-credit pricing.
An ideal tuition system would charge students for the courses they are taking fairly and at a standard rate, re …read more
The building anticipation towards the roll-out of the Ontario Tuition Grant in January has led to a great deal of interest amongst students regarding who will be eligible and how they might apply. OUSA has received hundreds of calls and emails lately on these two matters. In all instances, we have communicated the eligibility criteria and implementation plans that are currently known. As more students and parents have called in, it has become increasingly apparent that certain groups of high-nee …read more
Premier McGuinty with students at Queen's Park
Last week was probably the busiest week of the year for OUSA. From Monday to Wednesday, we held our annual Student Advocacy Conference at Queen’s Park where students met with Members of Provincial Parliament to discuss post-secondary education and the priorities of students. Throughout the week, over 75 meetings occurred to discuss our three main advocacy priorities: the new tuition framework and grant; abolishing flat-fee tuition; and enhanci …read more