Opinion: Tuition Rebate Application Problems and What Students Should Do
Thursday, April 5, 20121 Comment
The deadline to apply for the Ontario tuition rebate was this past weekend on March 31st. I ran into many problems with my application, and now I am left wondering if I will get the rebate at all. After filling out the form online last week, I had to complete one final step. The final step was to send a fax with signatures from my parents and myself to confirm that all of the information in my application is truthful.
When I went to send the papers through fax with the help of Design and Print Services, the application would not go through. I went three times without any luck and was told that the same situation was happening to other students here at the University of Guelph. On Saturday March 31st I tried to fax my application from two different fax machines in the city. Again, I had no luck, continued to get busy signals and was left to wonder if I will be getting the rebate that I am qualified for.
Any students who tried to send their applications before the deadline but weren’t able to get them through should make their voices heard. I went to MPP Liz Sandals’ office with my application and the evidence that I sent the fax before the deadline. Liz Sandals has an office at 173 Woolwich Street in downtown Guelph. Students who were unable to send their forms in on time should go and seek help from the office so they can get their rebate. For students that have papers from the fax machine that confirm they tried to send in their forms before the deadline, this piece of evidence will help. The office will send your form to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Make sure that you are persistent and call the office to hear updates about your situation. Students who tried to send their forms in on time but were unable to get their applications through have the right to get their rebate.
Any students who had any trouble with their application for the Tuition Rebate should also contact our Central Student Association’s External Affairs Commissioner, Demetria Jackson at . It is important for our student union to be aware and gauge the scope of the problems with applying for the tuition rebate so the CSA can be effective at advocating for students on this issue.
Peter Miller is a student at the University of Guelph.