Less Help, Higher Costs For Ontario’s Students Who Need Grants And Loans For School

Free tuition for low-income students cancelled

“The Ford government is going after low-income and middle-income students by cutting grants, making loan support harder to get, and cranking up the amount of interest they’ll pay.”             – NDP Colleges and Universities critic Chris Glover

News from Ontario’s New Democratic and Official Opposition Party

Posted January 17th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

Queen’s Park — Students who need grants and loans to help pay for post-secondary education are going to get less help and pay more interest, following changes by the Doug Ford government.

“The Ford government is going after low-income and middle-income students by cutting grants, making loan support harder to get, and cranking up the amount of interest they’ll pay,” said NDP Colleges and Universities critic Chris Glover. “This is going to mean more debt, holding back young people already desperate for relief from debt.”

The Ford government announced Thursday that free tuition for low-income students is being eliminated, and the six-month grace period on student loan interest is cancelled. Students will rack up more debt while they’re in school, and interest on that debt will start accumulating the minute a student leaves school.

Plus, the Ford government’s supposed tuition price help is deceitful, said Glover. The Ford government is not replacing that missing money, which means a $360 million cut to universities and $80 million from colleges. Students will likely pay for this with larger class sizes and tuition will likely skyrocket in 2021 to make up the difference.

Glover said the NDP’s proposals for loan and interest relief would be a powerful way to ease the debt burden on students and new graduates.

“For the government to profit on the backs of students by charging interest on student loans is wrong, and it has to stop,” said Glover. “The government should not be cutting grants, it should be converting loans to grants and eliminating all interest. That’s what the NDP wants to see.

“In Ontario today, student debt levels are so crushing that people are putting off moving out of their parents’ home, and even putting off starting a family. Adding more interest and taking away grant money is going to make things even worse for people.”

Glover also noted that the Ford government is also setting the stage for service cuts by letting students opt-out of some student union dues.

“What student services are going to be cut as a result?” said Glover. “This looks like a targeted attack on student unions and some student programming, and we’re all waiting to see what programs and services will be targeted by Ford.”

Ontario already has the lowest per-student funding of all Canadian provinces, the highest tuition fees and the worst student debt burdens.

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One response to “Less Help, Higher Costs For Ontario’s Students Who Need Grants And Loans For School

  1. Gary Screaton Page

    Now I know why I didn’t vote for this guy! Cutting support for university and college for any student who needs it is short sighted. The more education one has the more one is likely to stay off welfare, unemployment, and the more likely to contribute more to the tax system over time. The more likely, too, they are to create jobs.
    Ford’s government has the resources to hire friends and give them great jobs with big salaries. However, seems unable to find the means to insure higher education for Ontario students most in need. He also finds ways to cut corporate taxes — which benefit businessmen like him –but penalizes lower-income young people and perhaps keep them on the dole.
    Investment in the education of our young people is never a waste of money. Now, I see Ford is contemplating consolidating a not-so-well-working health system and make it even less responsive and clumsy. Ah, but then he may have more good jobs for other friends.
    Remember to oust Ford next opportunity. He is bad for Ontario. How he so reminds me of The Donald just south of us!

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