AMS Welcomes Changes to Student Financial Aid in Ontario
February 25, 2016
KINGSTON, ON – Today, Kanivanan Chinniah, Kyle Beaudry, and Sarah Letersky, the AMS Executive, alongside Tyler Lively, David Walker, and Carolyn Thompson, the AMS Executive-elect, issued the following joint statement:
“The AMS welcomes the changes to Ontario’s student financial aid regime announced by the Government of Ontario in today’s Budget.
“We are pleased to note that the Government has made a huge impact by reorienting money within the system, rather than simply adding to it.
“The Government reoriented funds to more upfront forms of aid to reduce the direct price-tag for students in need. This will improve certainty for lower-income students and their families who plan to attend University in Ontario.
“The introduction of the Ontario Student Grant makes the financial aid regime in Ontario more efficient, more accessible, and more transparent than ever before.
“We are very happy with the work we have done with our partners in the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) over the past few years to advocate for these changes. Today’s announcement is living proof that OUSA thrives when it focuses on evidence-based advocacy to the Province.
“We encourage all students to form their own views on other aspects of the Budget by familiarizing themselves with other details here.”
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The central undergraduate student government at Queen’s University, the AMS represents over 16,000 students and is the oldest student government in Canada. The constituency is represented through 10 faculty and residence societies. The AMS Council, which is made up of a three-person executive, six commissioners, and three directors, oversees all day-to-day activities within the Society, including 10 corporate services and over 50 government committees that address virtually all matters of student life at Queen’s.