CASG, CUSA team up for free education debate

The Carleton Academic Student Government (CASG) and the Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) hosted a debate about free tuition on Nov. 23. The event was spearheaded by Alexandra Noguera, CUSA vice-president (student issues), and was designed to coincide with Financial Literacy Month. About 30 students attended the debate, which was held in the University Centre Atrium. Ian Lee, a professor at the Sprott School of Business, and three members of the Carleton Debate Society, Ali Hassan, Ashley Pinheiro, and Katy Mclean, led the discussion. Shawn Humphrey, CUSA council chair, moderated the debate. He asked the panelists three main questions: “should education be free in Canada?”, “what would Canada have to do to make free tuition happen?” and “Should Canada regulate […]

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Ontario budget brings free tuition in 2017

The Ontario government released the 2016 budget Feb. 25, outlining plans for free and accessible education for university and college students. Students from families who make less than $50,000 per year will receive free university and college education starting in the 2017-2018 school year through the Ontario Student Grant. Students from families with incomes of $83,000 or less will also receive non-repayable grants “in excess of average tuition,” according to the Ministry of Finance press release. “Most students will have less debt than they would under the current system,” the release said. The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) annual level of debt won’t be higher than $10,000 for higher-income families. Middle-and upper-income families will have easier access to interest-free and […]

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CFS present federal politicians plan for free tuition

The Canadian Federation of Students (CFS) presented parliamentarians with a plan to completely eliminate undergraduate tuition fees during its National Lobby Week from Feb. 1-5. CFS members, including executives from Carleton University’s Graduate Students’ Association (GSA), met with MPs and senators from various parties to explain their proposed Post-Secondary Education Act. The plan would relocate federal funding from areas such as spending on Registered Education Savings Plan and education tax credits, and instead use it to fund post-secondary education directly through an annual $3.3-billion provincial funding transfer. “The main thing that we were looking for is real federal initiative in terms of a national act on post-secondary education,” said GSA president Michael Bueckert. The CFS’ plan included a 50-50 cost-sharing model […]

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York, Ryerson offer free tuition to seniors

Senior citizens hoping to get post-secondary education have the opportunity to receive free tuition at York and Ryerson University, according to the universities’ websites. Senior citizens, who are defined in these programs as people over 60 years old, are eligible to get a free ride from either university if they meet certain requirements. Kristin Boivin, a fourth-year theatre studies student at York University, said she has had only positive experiences with the seniors in her classes, whether they were in big lectures or small tutorials. “In the lecture, it seemed like everybody knew [the senior student] and respected him,” she said. “You know how people start talking when somebody else is asking a question? When the seniors were speaking, we […]

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