Student Financial Aid

Affordability of post-secondary continues to be a key concern for students in Ontario, and student financial aid programs should minimize the severity of this concern. However, consecutive years of changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) has made post-secondary education more unaffordable, and coupled with rising tuition rates and cost of living, students are struggling to pay for their education. Students require a reliable, comprehensive, needs-based financial aid system that actively and equitably supports their financial needs. Student financial aid should encourage participation and retention within post-secondary rather than act as a barrier to access, and it is imperative that more measures be implemented to facilitate this access without financial burden.