Latest News

Ontario to Reduce Post-Secondary Tuition Fees by 10% in 2019/20

Ontario to Reduce Post-Secondary Tuition Fees by 10% in 2019/20

By Simon Hung

Ontario post-secondary students will get some financial relief in the near-future, as the Ontario government plans to introduce a new tuition framework that will reduce tuition fees by 10%.

According to the Canadian Press, a formal announcement is expected this Thursday, where the Ontario PC government will introduce a new tuition fee framework that will take effect in 2019/20 and promises no additional increases in 2020/21. Under the new framework, arts and science undergrads would save an average of $660.00, while college students will save about $340.00.

International students will not benefit from the new policy, as tuition fees for foreign students are unregulated in Ontario -- there is no limit on tuition increases at universities, while college tuition increases are capped at 20% per year.

The current tuition framework, originally introduced in 2013, is set to expire at the end of the academic year and limits tuition increases to a maximum of 3% per year. In a memo to CTV News, the Ontario government plans to monitor colleges and universities to ensure that institutions are compliant with their new framework and passing along reductions to students.

However, it’s unclear how the cuts will impact other areas of study. Tuition fees account for approximately 50% of revenue at most Ontario universities and the reductions will be directly absorbed by institutions. As a result, fees from other sources of revenue, such as textbooks or on-campus amenities, could rise in order to make up the difference.

According to Statistics Canada, 2018/19 undergraduate tuition fees in Ontario range from approximately $7000.00 to upwards of $40,000.00, depending on the field of study.

39 Comments

  • JHW
    • Expect international student fees to go up to compensate.
    • Report Post
    • I anticipate ancillary fees to go up to compensate

      As it's a 10% funding cut to universities in tuition with no other funding to make up shortfall

      It's the build a Subway for free voodoo magic lol
    • Report Post
  • JHW
    • StatsGuy wrote:
      Jan 16th, 2019 11:03 am
      As it's a 10% funding cut to universities in tuition with no other funding to make up shortfall
      It applies to domestic students only. International students are already a "cash cow" for the post-secondary sector, and are an easy target. Expect to see their tuition jump up quickly.
    • Report Post
    • JHW wrote:
      Jan 16th, 2019 1:44 pm
      It applies to domestic students only. International students are already a "cash cow" for the post-secondary sector, and are an easy target. Expect to see their tuition jump up quickly.
      Foreign students are a fraction of studentbody, unless theyre paying millions a year next year, shortfall from any realistic hike in foreign tuition wont come close to makeup shortfall

      In the whole province, they makeup less than 10% of University students, in the highest proportion like Waterloo/UT, they're only 20%

      So no, intl students won't makeup the shortfall
    • Report Post
  • JHW
    • StatsGuy wrote:
      Jan 16th, 2019 4:36 pm
      Foreign students are a fraction of studentbody, unless theyre paying millions a year next year, shortfall from any realistic hike in foreign tuition wont come close to makeup shortfall
      They already pay so much more than domestic students that, despite their small numbers, the tuition revenues are not as lopsided as they seem. A 10% cut in tuition revenues from domestic students could be offset with a 15-20% boost in tuition revenues from international students. This could come from increased enrollment or increased tuition.
    • Report Post
    • JHW wrote:
      Jan 16th, 2019 5:39 pm
      They already pay so much more than domestic students that, despite their small numbers, the tuition revenues are not as lopsided as they seem. A 10% cut in tuition revenues from domestic students could be offset with a 15-20% boost in tuition revenues from international students. This could come from increased enrollment or increased tuition.
      Foreign students makeup less than 10% of post secondary students in province. How do you think increasing tuition of themcan makeup for the shortfall? You need the 10% to makeup the shortfall from the 90% who aren't foreign students

      So maybe a 20x increase in their tuition or increase their overall numbers by few hundred percent so they're closer to half the students?
    • Report Post
    • You're right, foreign students only pay an average of just over 4x as much as Canadian students. Say, for the purposes of this discussion that it's exactly 10% of students that are non-Canadian. it's still under 1/3 the total revenue, you'd have to raise foreign tuition over 20%, which would likely put Ontario at a competitive disadvantage vs the USA and other Canadian provinces.
    • Report Post
    • Finally some guy with the sense. Appreciated.
    • Report Post
  • JHW
    • Flunk wrote:
      Jan 17th, 2019 9:13 am
      You're right, foreign students only pay an average of just over 4x as much as Canadian students.
      It varies from school to school, but I expect some combination of increased international tuition and increased international enrollment to be one of the major mitigation strategies for the domestic tuition cut.
    • Report Post
    • i thought tuition was free now? or like osap is free to some...anyone know?
    • Report Post
    • Don't get too excited yet, the Ford/PC government will most likely re-work the OSAP/Free tuition program, I expect them to reduce or even cut the free tuition program funding.

      Look for such announcements and notices in the up coming weeks.
    • Report Post
    • https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-anno ... -H85jJ_Y9o
      Ontario announces tuition cut, eliminates free tuition for low-income students
      At the cost of cutting free tuition for the less fortunate people.

      More cuts coming for sure. Maybe grants and they will touch OSAP.

      Most likely will pay more after its all done.
    • Report Post
    • x1xslickx1x wrote:
      Jan 17th, 2019 11:45 am
      i thought tuition was free now? or like osap is free to some...anyone know?
      the last i heard was free tuition up to a cap, i dunno whatever happened to it. these politicians, you can never trust them.
    • Report Post
    • sigh - great so were giving a break to people who DON'T necessarily need it (ie those who have enough family income to afford tuition) and putting debt onto those already low income... hope all the rich RFDers are happy sticking it to the poor.
    • Report Post
    • You need to realize that a very big portion of the so call low income families are working cash jobs, so they arent reporting their income.

      There is also a difference between giving low income families tuition reduction and just completely eliminate their loan. No tuition required can easily translate to picking random major just for fun messing around in school, because they realize they wont be on the hook to repay if they flunk.
    • Report Post
    • SignedA wrote:
      Jan 17th, 2019 3:48 pm
      sigh - great so were giving a break to people who DON'T necessarily need it (ie those who have enough family income to afford tuition) and putting debt onto those already low income... hope all the rich RFDers are happy sticking it to the poor.
      All the rich RFDers got to where they are because of hardwork. I also doubt that they benefitted from the free tuition that Wynne had implemented.

      If this is the case, then why does all the low income students suddenly feel like free tuition is absolutely necessary, while all the rich RFDers had no problem getting to where they are at now? There is a reason that many children that grew up in welfare dependant families (lazy parents, not people on disability) will want to also not work and depend on welfare.
    • Report Post
    • I always disagreed with the idea if free tuition so I'm glad to see it go.
    • Report Post
    • blitzforce wrote:
      Jan 17th, 2019 6:31 pm
      You need to realize that a very big portion of the so call low income families are working cash jobs, so they arent reporting their income.

      There is also a difference between giving low income families tuition reduction and just completely eliminate their loan. No tuition required can easily translate to picking random major just for fun messing around in school, because they realize they wont be on the hook to repay if they flunk.
      Any stats to backup your assertion?
    • Report Post
    • I think this was to be expected. What was the ruling on the 6th month grace repayment period? Is that fully being eliminated and students are expected to start payments from day 1? I did read some mis information about it saying interest will start from day 1 but this has always been the case.
    • Report Post
    • SignedA wrote:
      Jan 17th, 2019 3:48 pm
      sigh - great so were giving a break to people who DON'T necessarily need it (ie those who have enough family income to afford tuition) and putting debt onto those already low income... hope all the rich RFDers are happy sticking it to the poor.
      Also no more grace period.

      Meaning students will have to pay interest as soon as they graduate.

      This is really bad.
    • Report Post
    • kevindurant1 wrote:
      Jan 17th, 2019 7:47 pm
      Also no more grace period.

      Meaning students will have to pay interest as soon as they graduate.

      This is really bad.
      What’s bad about it? These kids need to find a part time job and start working to pay off their debt. Too many kids graduating and going on trips to “find themselves”.
    • Report Post
    • trixstar wrote:
      Jan 18th, 2019 12:36 am
      What’s bad about it? These kids need to find a part time job and start working to pay off their debt. Too many kids graduating and going on trips to “find themselves”.
      People that are granted OSAP are usually low-mid income. Rich kids cant get OSAP, they are the ones who go on trips to find themselves using daddy and mommy's money.

      That is why they dont need to take out a loan for education.

      Another foot on the neck by the Ford government. I feel for these kids.
    • Report Post
    • Almost like a bait and switch. Now people who were getting a good portion of the tuition paid may not be able to continue with their schooling unless OSAP does kick in.

      Hopefully the OSAP forgiveness upon graduation is still intact.
    • Report Post
    • alanbrenton wrote:
      Jan 18th, 2019 12:50 am
      Almost like a bait and switch. Now people who were getting a good portion of the tuition paid may not be able to continue with their schooling unless OSAP does kick in.

      Hopefully the OSAP forgiveness upon graduation is still intact.
      every time you get change in government, you get change in rules, this is how things work in this country so deal with it.
    • Report Post
    • divx wrote:
      Jan 18th, 2019 5:18 am
      every time you get change in government, you get change in rules, this is how things work in this country so deal with it.
      nothing is certain but death and taxes is sweeter and shorter
    • Report Post
    • I paid off my school tuition when I finished school, not sure why the rest of the world can not? if you can't then get a part time job and work in the evenings while going to school during the day, nothings stopping you except your own modivation
    • Report Post
    • blitzforce wrote:
      Jan 17th, 2019 6:31 pm
      You need to realize that a very big portion of the so call low income families are working cash jobs, so they arent reporting their income.

      There is also a difference between giving low income families tuition reduction and just completely eliminate their loan. No tuition required can easily translate to picking random major just for fun messing around in school, because they realize they wont be on the hook to repay if they flunk.
      Do you have any real evidence to support this “big portion” or are you simply making something up to help drive home a false point?
      GoodFellaz wrote:
      Jan 18th, 2019 1:47 pm
      I paid off my school tuition when I finished school, not sure why the rest of the world can not? if you can't then get a part time job and work in the evenings while going to school during the day, nothings stopping you except your own modivation
      What was your major? What was your GPA? Were you involved in any clubs/groups or leadership positions? Did you volunteer? How many hours did you work per week? Did you own a car? Were you an international student? Did you apply for grad school, law school, or medical school?

      We will see if every student matches your profile.
    • Report Post
    • Expected results from the election.
    • Report Post
    • Merc with a Mouth wrote:
      Jan 18th, 2019 3:29 pm
      What was your major? What was your GPA? Were you involved in any clubs/groups or leadership positions? Did you volunteer? How many hours did you work per week? Did you own a car? Were you an international student? Did you apply for grad school, law school, or medical school?

      We will see if every student matches your profile.
      Obviously not EVERY student is going to match his profile, but he has a valid point that many people are very capable of paying after their school after graduation.
    • Report Post
    • Definitely going to be some upset freeloaders!
    • Report Post
    • Merc with a Mouth wrote:
      Jan 18th, 2019 3:29 pm
      Do you have any real evidence to support this “big portion” or are you simply making something up to help drive home a false point?



      What was your major? What was your GPA? Were you involved in any clubs/groups or leadership positions? Did you volunteer? How many hours did you work per week? Did you own a car? Were you an international student? Did you apply for grad school, law school, or medical school?

      We will see if every student matches your profile.
      OSAP funded him too and probably got some loan forgiveness.

      Tax payers loan and money still.
    • Report Post
    • As a current student, I understand why cuts have to be made and etc but I'm really hoping they bring back the grace period. It would help students find jobs in their perspective fields and allow us to pay off OSAP as quickly as possible. I cant wait to be debt free from OSAP
    • Report Post
    • First of all the 2.2 billion increase in OSAP is a misleading number, it does not include the effect of tuition tax credit cuts. Based on some calculations the number is actually only $600 million, most of it coming from an increase of grants for mature students.
      Let me tell you how this worked for my family:
      -trudeau cuts text book credits etc: result we lost tax credit got nothing extra from the change
      -wynn introduces free tuition and eliminates tax credits, result: we lost $700 of tax refund per child, got no extra grants
      -ford comes and eliminates the free tuition and cuts OSAP, result: we loose the 30% tuition tax credit that is about $1800 per child plus we loose about $800 per child in other grants
      -My son in medical school will again be considered a dependent, that will result in huge reduction in grants
      Final result: no tax credits, no grants. All my plans are screwed up. At this stage in life there is no way to absorb all this...
      Each time it was sold as a better deal...Welcome to Canada's democratically elected dictatorships. They say something to get elected then they do something totally different
    • Report Post
    • Tuition changes: a 10 million gift from Doug FORD to Justin Trudeau
      Regarding the new changes here are some facts:
      -The reduction in tuition is actually a gift from Doug Ford to Justin Trudeau and maybe even Quebec! I bet none of his advisers told him that! How? Reducing the tuition reduces the federal tax credit. Using 15% for the federal tax credit and $5000 average tuition, the reduction of 15% of $500 is worth $75 per student. I could not find a good statistic for the number of students, but let’s take 300k . This means Ontario tax payers will send 9 million more per year in taxes to the federal government!!!! That is less then a trudeau tweet😊 but still a nice amount. Conveniently the amount was not included in the press releases from ford. That means federal tax revenue collected from Ontario will increase, resulting in an increase in equalization payments to Quebec, the province with the lowest tuition!
      -In my case the changes are shocking. My family will loose about $6000 next year. I still have a huge mortgage, I financed my student children for the last 13 years with at least 5 years to go, and I am already at retirement age
      -tax credits had some nice side effects, especially when combined with interest free loans. The tax credits are valuable to those who stay in Ontario after graduation. You move, you loose! After graduation the tax credits can be used to provide the extra money needed to repay the loans! Also tax credits are basically 0 beaurocracy.
      -making some fees non-mandatory is a good step. Ryerson just wants to introduce mandatory TTC passes ( that is almost 10% of the tuition!) even for children who commute using Go trains, and already spend a lot on transportation. The list of fees on a typical invoice is staggering.
    • Report Post
    • Don't underestimate the value of the interest deferral. A typical medical student living away from parents will accumulate around $80-120k of debt, with about 72 K OSAP loans ( OSAP loans are maxed at around $9000 a year).
      Assuming half of it is Ontario loans, the 6 months interest at 6% is almost $1000 .
      Both federal and Ontario governments are making serious money on student loans. The loans are indeed interest free, during school, but the interest rates are relatively high after ( currently 6-6.5%) The governments borrow money at around 3%...Most students will carry the loans for longer than the duration of the school ( when they had 0% interest rate). Did I hear loan sharks :-)
    • Report Post
    • Sebastian6300 wrote:
      Jan 21st, 2019 12:49 pm
      Tuition changes: a 10 million gift from Doug FORD to Justin Trudeau
      Regarding the new changes here are some facts:
      -The reduction in tuition is actually a gift from Doug Ford to Justin Trudeau and maybe even Quebec! I bet none of his advisers told him that! How? Reducing the tuition reduces the federal tax credit. Using 15% for the federal tax credit and $5000 average tuition, the reduction of 15% of $500 is worth $75 per student. I could not find a good statistic for the number of students, but let’s take 300k . This means Ontario tax payers will send 9 million more per year in taxes to the federal government!!!! That is less then a trudeau tweet😊 but still a nice amount. Conveniently the amount was not included in the press releases from ford. That means federal tax revenue collected from Ontario will increase, resulting in an increase in equalization payments to Quebec, the province with the lowest tuition!
      -In my case the changes are shocking. My family will loose about $6000 next year. I still have a huge mortgage, I financed my student children for the last 13 years with at least 5 years to go, and I am already at retirement age
      -tax credits had some nice side effects, especially when combined with interest free loans. The tax credits are valuable to those who stay in Ontario after graduation. You move, you loose! After graduation the tax credits can be used to provide the extra money needed to repay the loans! Also tax credits are basically 0 beaurocracy.
      -making some fees non-mandatory is a good step. Ryerson just wants to introduce mandatory TTC passes ( that is almost 10% of the tuition!) even for children who commute using Go trains, and already spend a lot on transportation. The list of fees on a typical invoice is staggering.
      Hi, can you please explain how I can use the tax credits? Are you referring to the tuition credits? I have quite a large sum that I have no idea what to do with or how it works. I'd love to be able to use it to repay my osap if possible! TIA :)
    • Report Post
    • FreshCo wrote:
      Jan 19th, 2019 4:24 pm
      Definitely going to be some upset freeloaders!
      Precisely, and GOOD.
    • Report Post