What is our “new normal?” Navigating post-pandemic post-secondary education
Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance responds to optional opt-out of non-tuition and non-essential ancillary fees
January 17, 2019
TORONTO, ON -- Today, the provincial government announced several changes to Ontario’s tuition framework for universities and Ontario’s student financial aid system. OUSA’s full response to the changes to the Tuition Framework and OSAP can be found here. In this announcement, the government also included a stipulation that would allow students to opt-out of certain non-tuition fees which are deemed “non-essential”.
December 5th, 2018
TORONTO, ON - Students recognize the Auditor General’s report on the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) this afternoon. The availability of student financial assistance is critical for many Ontarians who pursue college or university. Students believe that investments in the future of this province should be protected, and that the hundreds of thousands of families accessing OSAP in each corner of this province should continue to reap the benefits of education.
November 23, 2018
TORONTO, ON - A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning focuses on improving teaching and learning, expanding high impact learning opportunities, and enhancing inclusive learning experiences.
November 21, 2018
TORONTO, ON - A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning, focuses on technology enabled learning, with the purpose of providing recommendations to develop a post-secondary technology strategy in Ontario.
November 19, 2018
TORONTO, ON - A policy paper released by the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) this morning, focuses on the cost and affordability of post-secondary education in Ontario. The paper was written, approved, and published by students with the purpose of providing recommendations for renewing Ontario’s tuition framework, reducing tuition costs, and restoring public funding to Ontario’s universities.
November 16, 2018
TORONTO, ON - Today, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) released its stance on Freedom of Speech and Expression that was written by student delegates and passed at the General Assembly on November 4th. Students believe that free speech is already protected by Canadian law on their campuses, and that they are able to engage in fruitful discussions and debate. However, students are concerned about the provincial government’s directive on free speech and OUSA asks that the provincial government rescind the directive.
November 12, 2018
TORONTO, ON - This morning is the start of the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA)’s Advocacy Week. Students from across Ontario will head to Queen’s Park to advocate for safer and healthier university campuses and to better prepare graduates for the workforce.
*This webpage was published on October 29, 2018. Original letter sent to Minister Fullerton on October 25, 2018.*
October 25th, 2018
The Honourable Ms. Merrilee Fullerton
Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
Mowat Block 3rd Flr, 900 Bay St
Dear Minister Fullerton,
September 20, 2018
TORONTO, ON - This morning, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) released their annual magazine, Educated Solutions. This year's volume focuses on post-secondary tuition and funding.
September 10, 2018
TORONTO, ON - Starting today, the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) re-launches the #TextbookBroke campaign. The campaign highlights the high cost of textbooks students are forced to pay in addition to paying for their tuition and other fees. In January, students shared their stories about the detrimental costs of textbooks on their wallets and mental health. Factors such as the cost and lack of flexibility of traditional learning materials, including textbooks, create different financial and learning barriers that can limit the courses some students can afford to take. An affordable post-secondary education is essential for students to succeed in all aspects of their undergraduate career.