Ontario's NDP

Ontario's NDP

September 24, 2007 09:28 ET

NDP's Momentum-Monitor: Hampton's Tuition Pledge Connects With Skeptical Students

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2007) - Today's Windsor Star reports university students are endorsing Howard Hampton's plan to rollback tuition fees to the pre-Dalton McGuinty era.

Rising tuition main student issue; NDP's promise of rollback more appealing to many than Liberal pledge of $300 grant

Byline: Monica Wolfson

The Windsor Star

Many University of Windsor students interviewed recently say there's one dominant issue for them this provincial election.

"What it comes down to is tuition," said Kate Henderson, a first-year psychology student. "That's my main focus. I don't count on loans. I'm an older student, so I don't need transition from high school. I had to cut back on work to go to school full time. Tuition is the big thing for me." (...)

The NDP propose a tuition rollback to the pre-Dalton McGuinty era, which could save students $460 annually. NDP Leader Howard Hampton said his government would make up the money universities lose because of the tuition decrease. The McGuinty Liberals vow to give college and university students a $300 technology and textbook grant each year and propose giving students more time -- an extra six months -- to start repaying student loans. (...)

While Hunt, a biology major, said he likes the $300 textbook grant offered by the Liberals, the NDP plan offers him a bigger savings. "If NDP rolled back (tuition) that would save me more than the $300," said Hunt. "While I take (the issue of) health care into consideration, I will probably vote for whoever proposes policies that affect me the most."

Richard Thomas, 22, was skeptical of the $300 textbook and technology grant McGuinty was offering. Hopefully, he said, the bookstores wouldn't increase book prices to eat up the $300 grant, he said.

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