Hello readers (Read that in the Old Spice man’s voice). Once again it’s Thursday which means you get the pleasure of reading a blog post from me!
So as you guys might have heard, the Liberal government promised Post-Secondary students a 30% discount off their tuition. The discount comes into effect THIS semester. Basically, starting next year all eligible post-secondary students are going to get 30% off their tuition.
This means University students get back $1600 and college students get back $730. Because it came into effect starting this semester, students are able to apply for an $800 refund if they qualify. The downside to this is that there are certain conditions that need to be met in order for you to qualify for this refund so not everybody will be able to get the 30% discount.
To sign up for this rebate, you have to go on the OSAP website and fill in all the information they ask for. I hear that signing up is a long and painful process but hey, at least you’re getting free money (kind of). If you have already applied for OSAP you will automatically be considered so don’t panic. The deadline for the refund of this semester is March 31, 2012 so make sure you guys sign up ASAP.
For those of you wondering, the qualifications for this refund are:
- You're a full-time student at a public college or university in Ontario
- It's been less than four years since you left high school
- You're in a program that you can apply to directly from high school
- Your parents' gross income is $160,000 or less
Something else you guys might have heard on campus lately is the Feb. 1 Day of Action: Drop Fees. This is the day that students from all over Toronto will be protesting for an increase in funding for students.
“On Feb. 1, join thousands of Ontario students as they march in solidarity to support the fight for an increase in funding for Ontario students. This means we want funding for all students in Ontario regardless of status.” Instead of having a 30% rebate for a small number of people, they’re protesting that the government use the money they put aside to drop fees 13% altogether.
To find out more about the protest check out the Facebook group right over here: http://www.facebook.com/events/216072141810151/
Come out and show your support!
Until next week.
Peace and love.