COVID-19 Demands for Reduced Post-Secondary Tuition
Post-secondary is an important time in a student’s life as they have the opportunity to pursue their dreams and ambitions through educating themselves. A student’s social life is also a key factor during this time because they are in the process of making lifelong friends and professional relationships with their professors. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all schooling in Ontario has been changed drastically by being taught through remote-learning. This has led to students feeling unmotivated and unable to fully experience the college/university lifestyle that they are paying for. The most prominent concern with this is the stress students are feeling regarding their tuition. It is unfair that students are paying full tuition when they do not have access to any of the in-person amenities that are offered with paying full tuition. The Ontario colleges and universities are losing millions but are also saving tons of money by not having to use their facilities on a day-to-day basis as it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. On any campus, there are a variety of facilities offered such as gyms, libraries and study rooms and this is all reflected in student’s tuition costs. It is unreasonable to ask students to pay the same amount for tuition when they have no access to any of those facilities. Online learning has created a lack of communication between students and teachers as they are unable to communicate in a timely manner. We demand the following from the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities:
- Lower the tuition costs by 50% including fees for international students for COVID-19
- Making all student loans interest free for up to 5 years after they graduate
- Provide all students with grants and not loans for the period of COVID-19
The following are links to articles that will help provide a deeper understanding of students concerns.