College Student Alliance

Advocating for 110,000 Students Across Ontario

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    Who We Are

    We are non-profit, non-partisan organization that believes in working collaboratively with post-secondary education (PSE) stakeholders & government to improve the college experience.
    We represent over 110,000 students, 18 student associations and 15 colleges across Ontario.
    We have an elected student Board of Directors and full-time staff who carry out the wants & needs of our membership.

    What We Do

    We advocate for the collective student body, as well as for individual students – just like you!
    We are the main contact to government on the opinions of Ontario’s college students.
    We are guided by 5 Pillars: Affordability, Accessibility, Accountability, Transferability & Quality. 

    What We’ve Done

    We hold conferences that are shaped & attended by student leaders on your campus to further their knowledge about PSE in Ontario.
    We develop campaigns to positively affect & involve students on campus.
    We have largely contributed to the improvements of financial aid and OSAP in Ontario.
    We have advocated for tuition freezes & have successfully limited annual increases.

    Strengthening Ontario’s College System For Students: CSA’s 2015 Pre-Budget Submission

    The College Student Alliance (CSA) is a member-driven advocacy organization that proudly serves over
    110,000 college students across Ontario.

    CSA seeks to strengthen Ontario’s college system for students in the areas of accessibility, accountability,
    affordability, quality, and transferability.

    This document advances two targeted recommendations to help enhance Ontario’s college system for students.

    2014 Ontario Pre-budget Submission

    The College Student Alliance’s Pre-budget Submission, “Focus on Student Success,” was given to the government for the formation of the 2014 Ontario budget.

    Mature Students In Ontario’s Colleges

    Mature students in Ontario’s colleges access a higher education system that was not built for them but was constructed for students who enter college directly after the completion of their high school education. In contrast, mature students have fewer linear paths and as a result come across issues that may not be experienced by other students in the college system. It is vitally important that mature students are supported by the government, the college, and other post-secondary education stakeholders as they pursue higher education.

    International Education in Ontario Colleges

    This paper examines the policies surrounding international students and international education from the perspective of college students in Ontario. The goal of this paper is to inform the discussion on the federal, provincial, and institutional policies surrounding international students as they pursue Ontario credentials and international education in general. International student currently represent about 10% of the overall college population. Their experiences are different from typical college students’, in part because international students undergo a different process of applying to an Ontario college. Furthermore, these students typically come from cultures that are different than that of Ontario, and may have difficulties in adapting to the way of life and the stresses associated with being an international student. It is important to make sure there are supports in place to address the differing needs these students have as they study in Ontario.

    2013 Tuition Framework Submission

    The College Student Alliance’s submission to aid the government  as they formulate a new tuition framework for the 2013-14 year.

    2013 Ontario Pre-budget Submission

    The College Student Alliance’s Pre-budget Submission, “Focus on Student Success,” was given to the government for the formation of the 2013 Ontario budget. This submission looks at issues of affordability and grant expansion, per-student funding and student employment.


    Strong Students, Strong Colleges, Strong Leaders

    Advocating for 110,000 Students Across Ontario