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Ontario College Students Want Improved Financial Aid System, Transfer to University, Student Survey Finds
For Immediate Release - December 17, 2004
Toronto, ON - The Ontario government must ensure that students
are receiving the money they need to go to college, and qualified
students are given the opportunity to continue their studies at
the university level, the College Student Alliance said today.
"We were concerned that students were not aware of the Rae Postsecondary Review and we wanted to do our part to engage as many students as possible. We wanted to find out how college students currently in the system were feeling on issues that are important to them," said Justin Falconer, President of the Alliance.
Key results from the survey were:
- 60% of those surveyed had debt in addition to their Ontario Student
Assistance Program (OSAP) loan
"The numbers and student opinion show that if the government is serious about providing a postsecondary system that is accessible, they must provide students with the money they need while they are in school, without burdening them with a lifetime of debt," added Falconer.
In addition to an improved financial aid system, the government must make the recognition of prior learning - especially from credits earned in the Ontario college system - a priority.
"We have university admission officers asking college graduates for their high school marks, completely disregarding the skills and learning achieved while in college. With only 27% of current students ruling out the possibility of attending university in the future, Ontario needs to commit to building a stronger transfer system period," added Falconer.
Complete survey results, as well as the Alliance's submission to the Rae review, can be found at www.raereview.com; a website developed and managed by the Alliance.
The Alliance has proudly served Ontario colleges since 1967. With 25 councils and 110,000 full-time members, it continues to be the strongest college focused student organization in Canada.
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