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Ontario government axes free post-secondary tuition program

The free tuition program introduced by the Liberal government will soon be a thing of the past, with the Ontario government returning to a grant-and-loan system it says is more financially sustainable and that will still help needy students attend college or university.

As part of a package of post-secondary reforms announced Thursday, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Merrilee Fullerton said Ontario’s college and university students will be paying 10 per cent less in tuition and that most student fees — which can add up to $2,000 each year — will no longer be mandatory.

Students won’t be able to opt out of paying for campus programs that affect health and wellness — such as athletics or a walksafe service — but there will be some flexibility for institutions on whether LGBT supports remain a part of the mandatory ancillary fees students pay on top of tuition, Fullerton said.

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