Education is so important and I’m glad that making higher education accessible to students is a priority for the government.
I don’t know the exact numbers, but I’m sure financial barriers prevent hundreds of students from even considering going to University or College in Ontario.
Even if they can afford to attend post-secondary school, thanks to OSAP, burseries, and so on… most will end up in debt. Even more so, many end up unemployed AND in debt – that’s another topic, let’s stay on track.
All things considered, a new promise from the government to make tuition free for students in families with incomes of less than $50,000 is great news!
But is this the best solution to a big problem with the high cost of college and university?
Many students don’t have help from their parents to pay for school, so should we really be targetting only those living in a household with an income of less than $50,000?
Also, is the government covering ONLY tuition? What about textbooks and other scholarly expenses? And how many forms, hoops and red tape will students have to jump through in order to receive this funding?
I don’t have a solution. There probably isn’t one and don’t get me wrong… I still think this is a positive step forward!
Here are the facts from budget yesterday:
-The government is introducing the “Ontario Student Grant” that would entirely pay for average college or university tuition for students from families with incomes of $50,000 or less.
-Half of students from families with incomes of $83,000 or less will qualify for non-repayable grants in excess of average tuition.
-Students in families with incomes of less than $50,000 will have no provincial student debt.
-The maximum debt level for higher-income families will be capped at $10,000 annually