For the first time in history, Ontario college students have the option to receive a full tuition refund if they choose to withdraw from college due to the recent faculty strike. College Student Alliance (CSA) advocated specifically for tuition refunds directly to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD).
Students will have a two-week window to return to classes, determine how comfortable they are with a condensed semester, and then have the option to withdraw and receive a full tuition refund. Apprentices who are unable to complete in-school training are also eligible for a full refund of classroom fees. In addition to a tuition refund, students will receive Ontario Student Assistance Plan (OSAP) funding for the length of their semester extension. The Ministry also confirmed OSAP extension payments for students will begin in mid-December, and if students choose to withdraw, their OSAP grants will not be turned into loans.