Education Finance

Analysis of financial issues related to public education at both the elementary and secondary and postsecondary levels.

An on-going critical analysis of the design, operation and evolution of Ontario’s funding formula for elementary and secondary schools.

Attacking the four key myths that underlie arguments for higher college and university tuition:

  • Subsidizing tuition results in a regressive transfer from low-income taxpayers to higher-income taxpayers;
  • Students can afford to pay higher tuition because their higher earnings will be more than sufficient to cover tuition and living costs;
  • The fairest solution to the education affordability problem is to recover the costs of postsecondary education from the post-graduation earnings of students; and
  • The negative effects of higher tuition on student access has been appropriately addressed through financial assistance targeted to students from low-income families.

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