A new OSAP system is coming this September. Here’s how it will work:

When Carleton’s 2017 fall semester starts in September, students will see the potential benefits of an overhauled Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) system. The upcoming school year will see the introduction of a new Ontario Student Grant (OSG), a program the provincial Liberal government hopes will make post-secondary education more affordable. On March 29, the government announced that it would start accepting applications for the new OSAP program. But how will students actually be affected?  Free tuition? Not quite yet The most talked about change aims to make post-secondary education more affordable for low-income students. Universities are worried about declining enrolment and hope that lower fees will encourage students to consider post-secondary education. Under the grant, students whose annual family income is under $50,000 will have average tuition covered by the […]

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What it takes to defederate from the CFS

The incoming Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) executive has promised students they will pursue a defederation campaign from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) in the upcoming school year. The CFS is a national organization made up of undergraduate and graduate student associations from across the country who pay membership fees. CUSA was one of the founding members of the CFS in 1981. The Charlatan spoke to members of CUSA and the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) to find out more about defederation, and where CUSA currently stands in the process. What steps are needed to defederate? Student associations who are part of the CFS belong to both the national organization as well as their respective provincial organization. In order to […]

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CUSA council discusses defederation

The Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) held their second-last council meeting on March 29, and discussed a motion related to a possible defederation campaign from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS). The motion would see the vice-president (finance) outline the amount owed by CUSA to the CFS, and to project the cost of defederation. CUSA president-elect Zameer Masjedee, who is also the current vice-president (student life), said during this year’s CUSA elections that one of his campaign promises was to run a campaign to defederate from the CFS. Alhattab raised concerns over projecting numbers. “[The CFS] never gives you a number and they never say ‘this is what you owe,’ ” he said. “This makes for a very difficult way […]

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Mixed reactions by CFS for new federal budget

The federal government is bringing welcome change for Indigenous, part-time and adult students but lacks bold vision for post-secondary education, the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) said, in reaction to the 2017 budget. Among the budget changes the CFS supports is the investment of $90 million into the Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP) for Indigenous students, and expanding eligibility for the federal grants for part-time students and adult learners with dependent children. “It falls short of what exactly we wanted but we are seeing incremental changes that are proving politicians have to talk about what our priorities are,” said Bilan Arte, CFS’ national chairperson. Funding for the PSSSP was capped in the 1990s despite growth in the number of Indigenous […]

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Masjedee: CUSA plans include defederation, more student jobs

Zameer Masjedee, Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) vice-president (student life), said he is excited about the upcoming year as president of the student association. “I’m feeling really good, feeling awesome, we couldn’t have asked for a better turnout or better results at the end of the day,” he said. Masjedee’s slate, One Carleton, won all six executive positions in a CUSA election that saw a turnout of 37.2 per cent, the highest voter turnout in the association’s history. The slate ran on promises including creating more student jobs at CUSA, implementing nap pods on campus, and defederating from the Canadian Federation of Students (CFS), which Masjedee said would be one of his top priorities next year. “We’re going to start […]

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