OUSA announces OSAP clawbacks cancelled following student advocacy

OSAP contributions returned to previous fiscal year amounts

Federal government increased contribution to Canada Student Grant.
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Following a six-month campaign, the Ontario University Student Alliance (OUSA) announced in a briefing on Nov. 10 the proposed $400 million reduction to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) has been ceased.
The provincial government announced in April 2021 it would claw back a $400 million expenditure to the OSAP program following an announcement that the Canada Student Grant (CSG) announcement would double its investment towards provincial loan programs to assist post-secondary students impacted by COVID-19.
In May, OUSA issued a letter to Ross Romano, then minister of colleges and universities, calling on the provincial government to reinvest in the OSAP program to “provide more direct support for students that need it the most.”
According to the OUSA briefing, “students will now be able to see the net benefit of the federal government’s increased contribution to the Canada Student Grant.”

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