If I had less than $8.00 a day to spend on food, I'd have zero energy, no motivation to go to class, and I'd be a grump.
How can the Ontario government put students below the poverty line? We are responsible for paying rent, paying for school, paying for food, etc.
I don't think anybody, whether student or not, should be forced to limit their meal options as well as their sources for nutrients because of any assistance program. I'm not on OSAP but I have a feeling that if I applied, I'd get rejected. The Ontario government expects students to save about $2700.00 from summer earnings. I saved just under double of that. Both of my parents work, and I have a part-time job throughout the school year (though it's only two hours a week).
With that being said, I still find myself looking for more money. Throughout the school year, I am always on a strict budget. I never by anything full price, I live on my meal plan (unfortunately), and I pick up groceries when I go home on the weekend.
I guess I'm lucky because I don't have to experience the stress OSAP provides for some students, but it still frustrates me.
Students from Brock University, the University of Western Ontario, and Laurier University are starting a blog/video blog to highlight the problems OSAP is provoking. They are also going to put emphasis on the fact that the Ontario government hasn't increased the amount of money students receive in four years.
Though they have issued a number of grants that students don't have to pay back, the government is screwing over more people than they think! I, for example, couldn't apply for a $150.00 Textbook & Technology Grant, that I received last year without being on OSAP, because I wasn't on OSAP this year.
That is the least of my problems, but it is a factor. Instead of saving $150.00 like I had last year, I'm out the money that OSAP could have provided for me because they decided that only people on the program were worth it.
Just remember OSAP, most students really dislike you.