Student leaders meet with Minister to discuss changes to OSAP
The Hon. Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development visited Mohawk College on Tuesday, Sept. 12 to talk about recent changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program, better known as OSAP, with student leaders from Mohawk College and McMaster University.
The students congratulated the Minister on the province's efforts to make post-secondary education more affordable for students and for simplifying the process through which students apply to receive funding, including a new OSAP calculator at www.ontario.ca/osap that enables applicants to quickly check how much funding they are eligible to receive.
The students also shared some insights into how the changes were recevied at their schools and highlighted the need for more financial literacy among students to better prepare them for life away from home and the additional responsbilities that come with being a college or universitry student. Mohawk has already made increasing financial literacy among students a strategic priority and has developed programs and services aimed at achieving this goal.
Mohawk College educates and serves more than 29,500 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three main campuses in Hamilton, Ontario and learning hubs across Hamilton through City School by Mohawk, and at the College’s Centre for Aviation Technology at the Hamilton International Airport. Mohawk is among the top five colleges for applied research in Canada. It has been named one of Canada’s greenest employers seven years in a row, holds a GOLD STARS rating from AASHE for sustainability achievements and is home to the country’s largest and first institutional building to receive dual certification for Zero Carbon Building Framework design and performance for The Joyce Centre for Partnership & Innovation. More than 135,000 people have graduated from Mohawk since it was founded.