Georgian College mulling over tuition/funding changes

"Essential we manage this policy change efficiently and effectively"

Georgian College officials are assessing the impact yesterday’s tuition announcement from Queen’s Park is going to have.

President MaryLynn West-Moynes says it was reassuring that college operating grants will be maintained – funds she says are needed to provide quality education. Adding the college will work closely with students to help them understand the changes and how they affect them. West-Moynes went on to say Colleges are fundamental to the economic prosperity of our communities, so it’s essential this policy change is managed efficiently and effectively.

The college realizes that the Government of Ontario has a difficult job and these are challenging times.

The announced changes giving students the ability to opt-out of certain ancillary fees may have an impact on the amount of services and quality provided to students. Georgian’s student government leads the internal ancillary approval process before it goes to the Board of Governors for approval. Georgian will work closely with student leaders and support them as they work to understand the changing expectations.

“My first priority will be to support our students. Both incoming and current students will have many questions about how these changes will affect them in both the short and medium term.”
– MaryLynn West-
Moynes, President and CEO, Georgian College

Queen’s Park announced a 10 percent cut in tuition fees this fall, but also cutback the student assistance program (OSAP) which may limit the college careers of students from lwoer income families