Tuition rebates for 310,000 Ontario students to begin in January

Posted on December 27, 2011 in Education Delivery System

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Published Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011.    The Canadian Press

The majority of college and university students in Ontario will be eligible for 30 per cent tuition rebates starting in the new year.

The Liberals promised rebates of $730 to each college student and $1,600 to each university student from families with incomes under $160,000 a year.

Colleges and Universities Minister Glen Murray says those already receiving student loans — about half of the 310,000 eligible for the rebates — will automatically be enrolled in the program.

The rest will have to apply online at a website to be launched next month, and Mr. Murray says all eligible students will have the rebates in time to pay the second instalment of their tuition fees.

He says the government is going to provide a lot of financial relief to students and their families, especially those with more than one person in college or university.

The Liberals say five out of six families with students will benefit from the tuition rebates, but the Canadian Federation of Students says all students should get a tuition cut.

The students’ group presented a 40,000-signature petition to the legislature asking that the $423-million annual cost of the rebates be used to pay for a 13 per cent across-the-board reduction in tuitions.

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