Ontario Tories want to tie student grants to grades, not income

Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak (QMI Agency files)

Ontario PC Leader Tim Hudak (QMI Agency files)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 3:06 PM ET

TORONTO — Student slackers beware. An Ontario PC white paper on post-secondary education recommends tying student aid to grades.

Tory MPP Rob Leone said the paper proposes ending the Ontario Liberal government’s income-based 30% tuition break with a “No Qualified Student Left Behind” policy that focuses financial aid on how likely the program is to lead to employment and on student performance.

Students who do well in school but who cannot afford tuition would be supported, Leone said.

“Rewarding good behaviour means not only making the smart and efficient choice about where to go to school, but also keeping students accountable for how they choose to spend the money the government is lending them,” the report says. “To maintain aid, students must demonstrate a minimum level of academic success. Too often, our loans and grants programs reward mediocrity.”

Leone did not specify a grade average recommended.

The white paper — Higher Learning for Better Jobs — also proposes greater emphasis on skills training and college programs.


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