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Tomorrow’s Tuition: A New Framework for Affordable Higher Education

Since 2006, a government framework allowing an average of five per cent increases annually has regulated tuition fees in Ontario. This framework sets no requirements on how or when universities may charge tuition. This current system has caused concern among students for quite some time due to implications for the affordability, accessibility and fairness of higher education.

With the current tuition framework set to expire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year and the grant program scheduled for full implementation September 2012, this submission represents a student contribution to this important discussion. The submission is organized into three sections: how tuition increases should be controlled; how tuition payment should be regulated; and how the new tuition grant program should operate.