PCC Students Excluded from New Tuition Grant


The Ontario Association of Career Colleges  is disappointed that students attending registered private career colleges in Ontario will not be eligible for the new 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant. During the election campaign, the Premier’s office made promises to students for 30 percent reduction in tuition, and prior to the election OACC received confirmation of the inclusion of students attending registered private career colleges.

OACC supports the Government’s efforts to ease the financial burden of tuition on Ontario families, despite being disappointed in their decision to exclude career college students and their families from the grant.

Currently, more than 60,000 students attend Ontario’s registered career colleges each year, and thousands of those students would be eligible for the grant under the criteria. Many career college students successfully apply for OSAP funding and receive other grants through this program.

“The career college sector trains more than 60,000 students annually and has a 140 year track record of developing Ontario’s work force,” said Paul Kitchin, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Career Colleges.

A release today from the Premier’s office said, “Helping Ontario students with the price of tuition is part of the McGuinty government's plan to keep postsecondary education within all families' reach, while building the best-educated workforce in the world.

While Ontario’s PCCs are helping to create the “best-educated workforce in the world,” students choosing this path should not be excluded

During Question Period on December 7, 2011, the Hon. Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities said, “We actually see an important role for these private colleges, which educate 60,000 Ontarians, are helping many Ontarians get back into the economy and are highly linked to the private sector.

“Minister Murray recognized the important role career colleges have in Ontario. A student is a student and the exclusion of private career college students, based on their personal choice of postsecondary institution, is disappointing,” said OACC President Peter Dykstra.

The OACC will continue to work with Minister Murray and his staff to ensure private career college students are treated fairly by their elected government and ensure they are not excluded from programs aimed at assisting Ontario’s students.

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Media coverage of the issue

Brantford Expositor - "Certain students get break on tuition"

St. Catharines Standard - "Students find tuition cut comes with a price tag"

 


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