40% Post-Secondary Ontario Students Granted Free Tuition, New CBC Research Reveals

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CBC News has published the never before seen data on the free tuition program for low-income students that got cancelled by the Ontario government. This has coused quite a commotion as students gathered on a rally to fight for free tuition in Queens Park Monday. The Typical Student team learned the details. 

 

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) Program: Key Facts

 

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Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) program was created in March 2017. Accordng to CBC, OSAP covered the average college or university tuition of students from low-families ($50,000 or less annually). Also, particular students from families with incomes of up to $83,000 are eligible for the non-repayable grants. Despite OSAP was announced as free, the recipients had to cover extra costs such as books and living expenses. 

 

How Many Students Got OSAP Grants?

 

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All in all, 234,000 students in Ontario got grants under the program in the first year. That makes 40% of the full-time, domestic student enrolment of 593,296. CBC reports that the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities "could not provide comparative figures for the school year 2018-19, as it is still ongoing."

Despite all of the benefits received by Canadian students, the current Conservative government ended the program because it was "unsustainable," and cost $1.4B in the first year of launch. Now, students are expected to take their protest to the streets. 

 

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