For children of single-parent homes economic stress is likely a daily concern, one that does not dissipate with age. The average cost of full-time undergraduate tuition in Ontario is 4 558$ per year, on average. This does not include the cost of living, or dormitory expenses or materials for class. This rate is increasing 4.4% per year, meaning each new class of single parents will have more to save for than their predecessors. Today, many university age students with only a single parent are unable to afford the cost of tuition.
[...] The government has relieved itself of responsibility by placing the blame on the schools failure to provide economic assistance programs. Working to find an aid to this problem, federal and provincial governments must work together to provide enough public funding so that each student who qualifies for higher education is given some assistance in order to pay for that right. Private financing is an acceptable solution, but it cannot be guaranteed and is more difficult to regulate. Western European countries such as Denmark and Sweden provide full university funding for their students. This mandate would not mean that Canada would have to pay for each student of university age, only those who desire to attend, but [...]
[...] For a two-child household with a sole parent making an average salary, sending two children to university is near impossible. Parents and children are forced to make major sacrifices for education, a privilege, which, in a first world nation should be afforded to all its citizens. The responsibility then falls upon the child. Students of single parent homes are forced to seek outside support from scholarships, their community or organizations established to aid underprivileged youth in their quest to attend university. [...]
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