WHO WE ARE
SFS is a non-partisan student run organization at Queen’s University that understands the importance of education. With the new OSAP cuts, the Queen's community fears many of our low-income students will struggle or be forced to stop pursuing their education at Queen's. With the help of the Queen’s bursary program and community at large, we can help combat these cuts by donating to our fellow students through the General Bursary Fund.
Queen’s has the reputation of being a “rich” school. In many ways this is true. Schools like Queen’s attract some of Canada’s wealthiest families. At Queen's, roughly 50% of students come from families who earn more than $125,000 a year. Whereas last year, 18% of Queen's students received free tuition because they come from families who made under $50,000 a year. This means there are thousands of students at Queen's who rely on OSAP just to be here. Some of them might not know if they are going to be able to come back.
That is why some fortunate students have decided to use their privilege to fight back, and to pledge their 10% tuition cut to students who will be most affected by these OSAP cuts. SFS wants you to use your privilege to make a difference. Stand up and say "thank you, but no thank you" to these changes. If your parents pay your tuition, reach out to and ask if they would like to spend their 10% savings on your peers in need, because this time, the people who need help are right here at home. They are at your school, they sit beside you in Stauffer, they're in your classes, they are your neighbours, your TA's, your friends, or even your roommates. You know that they deserve to be here too. Let's unify this school by showing students from all backgrounds that we care that they are with us at Queen's.
If you benefit from your 10% tuition cut and cannot afford to part with it, any donation can make a difference. Even though $5 may not pay off someones tuition, it is enough to show that you care– that Queen's cares– about the success of every member in our community. Every little bit adds up. Your donation is a donation to our collective futures– your future doctors, scientists, politicians, lawyers, nurses, teachers, and every Queen's University-educated member of society that will go on to make a difference in someone else's life too– regardless of how much money their parents have.
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Q: What is the Queen's General Bursary Fund?
Q: How will donating to the General Bursary help?
This is fairly simple. The more funds they get– the more they are able to give! The University receives funds and distributes it throughout the eligible students. Due to the student access guarantee, they must do their best to meet the needs of those students. However, not only are students receiving less money through OSAP, the University is also receiving less money from tuition. The 10% tuition decrease will cost Queen's University $31,400,000. This means there is less money available for the bursary program. Any donation helps. The need of the student will reduce slightly with tuition but increase much more with the OSAP reduction.
Q: How many students at Queen's rely on OSAP
Q: How much of my donation will go directly to Queen's students in need?
100% of your donation goes directly to Queen's students. $0 go to administrative costs.
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