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Ontario introduces new tuition rules

“Flat fees” change and “deferral fees” are done


 

Ontario announced today that it is making long-anticipated policy changes that will make it easier to pay tuition in that province, a plan that will likely be unpopular with university administrators who will struggle to make up for lost revenue. Beginning in 2014-15, colleges and universities will:

1. No longer be allowed to require fall semester tuition fees before the beginning of August

2. No longer require students who complete Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) applications by the beginning of August to pay their tuition before receiving their financial aid

3. No longer charge deferral fees or interest to those who pay tuition in per-term installments

4. No longer collect deposits of more than $500 or 10 per cent of tuition, whichever is greater

Ontario will also make it cheaper to take less than a full course load. As of fall 2015, university students will be charged on a per-credit basis if they take less than a 70 per cent course load, rather than the full-time student rate charged at some schools. In 2016, that threshold will rise to 80 per cent. Students with disabilities will be charged on a per-credit basis regardless of course loads.

Currently, some universities charge the same tuition rate for anyone taking a course load of 60 per cent or greater. Student groups like the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance and University of Toronto Students’ Union have long opposed the policy. Meric Gertler, University of Toronto president, recently said that changes to flat fees could cost U of T $16 million a year in lost income.


 

Ontario introduces new tuition rules

  1. Sorry, former Vice-President at UTSU here. OUSA only really jumped onboard the campaign against flat fees after Brad Duguid mentioned that they were planning on changing the policy on flat fees. Credits go to the Canadian Federation of Students-Ontario who was there at the first rally in opposition to flat fees at UofT and were there at every rally, organising meeting following. They also included flat fees in almost all of the lobbying documents and meetings they had with government officials regarding post-secondary education.

    Give credit where credit is due, the CFS-Ontario was there from day one.

  2. Frankly this is just what ontario universities need done to them. A good whipping into line, they are not financial institutions who are supposed to charge students excessive fees, they are public institutions of higher education who are there to benefit society as a whole. It is more than reasonable that they have to accommodate students who can’t afford the 45%/$7000.00 of tuition they pay out of pocket. To be candid it is extremely unreasonable to pay a university extra money for tuition fees that they know very well they are going to collect simply because of how OSAP is issued in two main segments rather than one. Pardon the run on sentences but THIS IS A RANT!!!

  3. This is interesting news. Only time will tell if this ends up being more or less beneficial for students in the long run. If there stands to be so much lost income on the part of the universities, it is sure to affect students in many different ways.

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