Ontario government offers 30 percent tuition reduction


Shown above: SAC president Brian Costantini, MPP Kim Craitor and acting president Steve Hudson share a laugh at the podium on Jan. 12. They were at the Niagara-on-the-Lake campus to speak about the new tuition reduction program.
Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor was at the Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus on January 12 to expand on his government’s tuition rebate program, which provides students who qualify with a 30 percent reduction in tuition.

“We want to ensure that students attending college and university can afford to do it,” Craitor told a gathering of students, staff and faculty. “The role of government is to make it as accessible as possible as students move forward with their education.”

As of January 1, 2012, students who are within four years of graduating from secondary school, with family income of $160,000 or less per year will be eligible for a tuition rebate.  The program is for postsecondary programs, including applied degree programs offered by colleges. Qualifying students in a college program will receive a rebate of $730, while students enrolled in a degree program at a university or college will receive $1,600.

“This is a huge win for students because there are two major issues students identify with, affordability and accessibility, and this program aims to help satisfy both,” said Student Administrative Council (SAC) President Brian Costantini, who also serves as the President of the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). “ I’m very pleased to see that the government is truly listening to what students and our organizations have suggested as solutions to student issues such as these.”

“The Ontario government’s tuition rebate is welcome news for students and their families,” said Niagara College Acting President Steve Hudson. “Nearly 90 programs at Niagara College are eligible for support under this program and more than 5,000 students are potentially eligible, based on age alone. It will undoubtedly reduce the financial pressures on these students.”

Learn more about the provincial government’s tuition rebate at Ontario.ca/30off.

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