Ontario’s students have been asked to increasingly bear the burden of funding their education. As provincial grants have dropped, and tuition regulation has limited the increases universities can make, ancillary fees have become an increasingly popular source of revenue for universities.
Ontario’s students already pay the highest tuition in the country; ancillary fees place an additional financial burden on students. While students recognize that some ancillary fees are for legitimate costs that should be borne by students, OUSA believes that students must be partners in the provision of student services and facilities, and not sole contributors. Students are concerned that this principle of responsible and fair cost sharing is being increasingly neglected as universities seek to recoup revenue.