What is the student choice initiative?
The SCI is a policy directive proclaimed in January 2019 by the Ontario provincial government. This directive mandates universities to enable all students to opt out individually from non-tuition ancillary fees that the government considers non-mandatory. Most student union fees are non-mandatory according to the SCI framework. Universities that do not comply with the SCI risk losing their funding from the provincial government.
How will it IMpact Graduate Students?
The SCI will impact Graduate Students’ experiences and access to resources and services on and off campus such as:
- Funding, Grants, and Bursaries.
- Academic Advocacy and Appeals Supports.
- Health and Dental Insurance.
- The removal of the Ontario Student Grant.
- Mandating that there is an upper limit of 50% on the funding graduate students can receive from provincial grants, the rest coming from loans.
- Removing the 6 month loan interest grace period after graduation for provincial loans.
- Changing the calculation for provincial funding for universities and colleges to a ‘performance based’ system.
looking for more information on the effects of the sci on students, the UTGSU, and your Course union?
Email email@example.com with questions or concerns or speak to your course union representative.
Want to get involved in MOBILIZATION regarding the sci?
Join the UTGSU Mobilization Working Group! This group is the UTGSU’s point of contact for students looking for information, action, or support in light of the Provincial Government’s attacks to post-secondary education. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions on how the Student Choice Initiative will affect student access to resources.
Graduate students looking for support in their own political actions should contact the Mobilization Working Group at email@example.com which can advertise actions, connect you with allies, and provide organizational support for your initiatives.