changes to post-secondary affordability
On January 17. 2019, the Provincial government announced a series of changes related to tuition costs, student financial aid systems, and student fees:
Starting in the 2019-2020 academic year, there will be an across-the-board 10% reduction in tuition costs for all domestic Ontario college and university students. Tuition rates will also remain frozen for the 2020-2021 academic year.
We strongly believe lower tuition should not result in a lower quality of education for Mohawk students. We are committed to working with Mohawk College to ensure that resources related to student services and academic supports are maintained.
Ontario Student Assistance Program
For the next academic year, the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will be restored to 2016-2017 levels, and will focus on providing grants to students with the greatest financial need. The government has made significant changes to the loan-to-grant ratios and to the 6-month interest free grace period. As student advocates, we are concerned about the impact this could have on students’ access to OSAP. We encourage students to visit the OSAP website and use the OSAP calculator to better understand how you may be personally impacted. As we learn more about what the revised OSAP framework will look like, we will continue to share updates on this page and social media channels. More details about changes to OSAP are available in a press release from the Provincial government.
For the 2019-2020 academic year, colleges and universities will be required to clearly communicate all non-tuition ancillary fees and to provide an online opt-out option for non-essential fees. As more details about changes to ancillary student fees becomes available, we will share updates on our website and social media channels. To read the government press release, click here.
CONTACT YOUR MPP
We encourage you to share your concerns with your Provincial representatives. Find your MPP by inputting your postal code in the tool below. We have created an email template for you to use at your own discretion - customize with your personal information and send.
Come together on social media to make student voices heard. The government needs to hear from you!
who to contact on social media
PC MPPs responsible for the post-secondary education changes:
MPPs from opposing sides:
Sign A petition OPPOSING THE CHANGES
A quick petition has been circulating on Change.org in opposition of these changes (especially OSAP), and currently has more than 200,000 signatures.
Want to do more? The NDP (Ontario's official opposition party) is developing a legislative petition to be presented in the House of Commons.
You can download a copy to print off, and share with your friends to add their signatures. Drop off completed petitions at any MSA office.
Copies are also available at all MSA offices. Feel free to stop by the MSA office at your campus to sign on to the petition.