Georgian College is pleased with the Ontario Liberal's 2016 budget initiatives regarding student financial aid and applied research.
College President and CEO, MaryLynn West-Moynes, tells Bayshore Broadcasting News the promise of free tuition for low-income families will bolster student enrolment at Georgian College's facilities.
She says affordability is a vital consideration for many students.
West-Moynes says the "new initiatives will allow more people from a wide range of backgrounds to attend Georgian and gain an education."
To ensure potential students apply and attend Georgian College, West-Moynes says the school is investing in its seven campuses, including the Owen Sound location.
She says the College is making a "sizable investment" to expand the Marine Emergency Duties Training Centre at the campus along 8th Street East.
According to West-Moynes, the Scenic City campus offers a variety of high-demand programs in a community that is welcoming to post-secondary students.
She says the cost of attending a College or University is always top-of-mind for Ontario students, but the situation is particularly critical in the geographic area served by Georgian College.
West-Moynes says Georgian has the fourth largest number of students making use of OSAP loans among all twenty-four public Ontario colleges.
Under the proposed changes, many Ontario post-secondary students will be able to graduate with little or no debt when the new program begins in 2017/18.