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 30,000 full-time, part-time, apprenticeship and international students at three campuses and two City School locations at the Eva Rothwell Resource Centre and the Central Public Library in Hamilton, Ontario. Mohawk has ranked first among all Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area colleges in student satisfaction for seven consecutive years and first in graduate satisfaction for the past five years. Mohawk ranks 15th among all colleges in Canada for applied research activity and has been named among Canada’s greenest employers and the region’s top employers for the past three years.