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Increasing access to college, university, and apprenticeship.
Recent changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will make postsecondary education (PSE, which refers to college, university, and apprenticeship) more affordable for students from low-income (<$50,000) families. However, beyond these changes, we know that more needs to be done. Many students do not pursue PSE for reasons that have nothing to do with money: for example, they don’t feel included or don’t see themselves in college, university, or apprenticeship; their family or friends don’t value education or see its benefits; or they don’t have the grades or support they need to get in.
That’s why the government is working on many fronts, with many partners, to encourage and support students in their pursuit of PSE.
For example, we know that reaching children at a younger age can increase the likelihood they’ll pursue PSE. We also know that role models are critical to supporting youth to get into, and succeed in PSE. Furthermore, marginalized youth from diverse groups face unique barriers to education, and we want to make sure that our efforts reflect those specific needs.
We need your advice on the “how:”
- How to reach younger children, and their families / caregivers, with information on the available options and value of PSE;
- How to support role models to understand and navigate the postsecondary system; and,
- How to customize our efforts to make sure we’re supporting the specific needs of marginalized youth.
Your answers will help us tailor how we reach out to children, youth, and families about PSE, and to tailor programs that will work to increase access to PSE for marginalized youth.
Your answers are critical to helping us design well-informed programs and policies that reflect the real needs of Ontario’s young people. Ensuring more accessible colleges, universities, and apprenticeships is a high priority for Ontario and for Ontario’s colleges and universities, not only because of the economic and social benefits, but also because everyone should have the opportunity to pursue the education and career of their dreams.
How your voice can help:
What are we doing to increase access to post-secondary education?
- Ontario Student Assistance Program
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship Program
- Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology Program
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