OUSA's OSAP Letter Writing Campaign
Due to the changes made by the provincial government, many students will not be able to afford post-secondary education. OUSA's OSAP Letter Writing Campaign aims to highlight the efforts students are making towards affording post-secondary education by creating a template for students to sign and add their own personal stories. We want to make it impossible for the provincial government to ignore the real-life impacts of these changes on students.
Changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) include:
• Reduction in grants
• Elimination of "free tuition" grants offered to low-income students
• Elimination of the interest-free grace period on the provincial portion of loans
• Change to the definition of “mature student” to refer to students out of high school for six years or more
Please see our letter below, which we plan to send to your local MPP and cc Doug Ford and the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ross Romano:
Dear [Minister, MPP, or Premier] [Surname]
My name is [your name here] and I am an undergraduate student at [your university here]. I am writing to express my concerns about the changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
Recently, the provincial government made several changes to OSAP. These include a reduction in grants, the elimination of "free tuition" grants offered to low-income students, the elimination of the interest-free grace period on the provincial portion of loans, and a change in the definition of “mature student” to refer to students who have been out of high school for six years or more (up from four years).
The adverse effects of these changes have already been felt by students across the province, including myself, who rely on financial assistance to access post-secondary education and enter the workforce. For some students, these changes have meant that they need to postpone or withdraw from their post-secondary education because they do not have the financial assistance required. We are already working full-time during the summer and part-time during the school year, taking out loans, and applying for scholarships and grants. Even with the recent tuition freeze, we will continue to struggle to afford post-secondary education.
[Personal story if available]
I strongly encourage you to reverse these changes and engage in meaningful consultation with students for an OSAP framework that meets our needs and ensures that all willing and qualified students in the province can access post-secondary education and the workforce.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my concerns, and I look forward to receiving a response from you.
[Personal signature if available]
Your Postal Code (to find your local MPP)
Your own personal story to add to the letter (optional)
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