Province extends postsecondary tuition grantFriday, February 22, 2013 by: SooToday.com Staff
DAVID ORAZIETTI, MPP
Orazietti announces extension of 30 percent off tuition grant
Province makes education more affordable for local students and families
SAULT STE. MARIE - The province is committed to making postsecondary education more affordable with the extension of the 30 recent off tuition grant, which is helping students attend Sault College and Algoma University in Sault Ste. Marie, David Orazietti, MPP announced today.
“Our government’s provincial tuition grant makes postsecondary education more accessible and affordable for students, and helps Ontario build the world’s most educated workforce which will create jobs in the new economy,” said Orazietti. “This provincial grant provides significant savings for Ontario students, and all eligible students need to do is apply online by March 1 to save 30 percent on their undergraduate tuition.”
In order to be eligible for the provincial tuition grant university and college students in Sault Ste. Marie need to apply before the March 1 deadline.
The new 30 percent off tuition grant will save all eligible undergraduate university students $1,680 and undergraduate college students $770 each and every school year.
It has helped lower the cost of tuition for over 200,000 students across the province, and helps ensure more students have the education they need to compete for jobs in the new global economy.
The Ontario PCs reaffirmed their plan to end the tuition grant, automatically increasing tuition on lower and middle-class families and students by 30 percent, making postsecondary education less affordable.
This position is not surprising given that in government the Ontario PCs cut student aid by 41 percent, increased tuition by 67 percent, refused to re-instate upfront grants to students, and decreased operating funding to post-secondary institutions.
Prior to the PC’s time in government, support for students had been previously cut by the NDP when they eliminated all upfront tuition grants to students.
In fact, when faced with similar economic challenges while in government, Ontario’s NDP cut student aid by forty-eight percent, increased tuition by 50 percent after promising to freeze it and decreased operating funding to universities and colleges.
Since 2003 the Ontario government has restored grants to students, significantly raised post-secondary education funding, created more than 150,000 new education spaces, passed legislation making Algoma University independent, invested in the construction of a new Bio-Science building at Algoma University, a new Academic Building and Health and Wellness Centre at Sault College attracting more students to our local schools and community.
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