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Mississauga, March 25 (CINEWS): MPP Dipika Damerla (Mississauga East-Cooksville) organized a Tuition Town Hall at Sheridan College’s Hazel McCallion Campus on March 16th to discuss the province’s proposed overhaul of Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). The town hall was attended by a large number of parents and students from the constituency and was also addressed by Graham Webster, manager of student financial assistance program from Ontario’s Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
MPP Damerla explained that the current OSAP system offers assistance through more than twenty grants for students applying for post-secondary education. It is confusing, cumbersome, and deters students from pursuing university education due to sticker shock.
The proposed new system, slated to come into play September 1, 2017, will be more generous and easy to access than the current. It combines all of those grants into one single upfront non-repayable grant called the Ontario Student Grant.
“It will help those who need it the most, increasing access to low-income segment of the population.
Once implemented, students from families with incomes of less than $50,000 will have no provincial debt. More than 50 per cent of students from families with incomes of $83,000 or less will have non-repayable grants in excess of average tuition,” MPP Damerla said.
Going by such a large turnout for this first Tuition Town Hall, MPP Damerla has now decided to hold a few more such information sessions.