Affordability - Results from the 2020 Ontario Undergraduate Student Survey (previously OPSSS)

OUSA is pleased to publish the findings from our 2020 Ontario Undergraduate Student Survey, previously known as the Ontario Post-Secondary Student Survey. This report, the first in a series of three, focuses on issues of affordability for Ontario’s post-secondary students. Administered under the context of the 2019 OSAP changes and COVID-19 pandemic, results reveal that students continue to struggle with financing their education, with notable trends indicating this to be more worrisome for low-income, first-generation, racialized, and disabled students. Students are concerned about their levels of debt and limited financial aid, and face various challenges related to employment. It is our hope that findings from this report will provide the impetus needed to strengthen student financial aid and employment supports, increasing the affordability of Ontario post-secondary education.