Postsecondary institutions have an important role to play in reducing loan defaults. Some measures schools have implemented include:
- improving program quality and relevance
- ensuring adequate testing and admissions practices
- informing students of loan repayment and repayment assistance
- providing support to students to complete their studies
- assisting with job searches
In addition, OSAP approved private institutions in Ontario must achieve:
- Both an overall graduation rate and an overall graduate employment rate of at least 80% of the overall average rate for Ontario Public Colleges in at least one of every three years.
- An overall default rate that is at or below the default rate threshold in at least one of every four years. The first year of default rates included in this standard are the 2016 default rates of 2013-14 borrowers.Sharing the cost of loan defaults
A private institution is responsible for sharing the costs of loan default if their default rate is above a defined percentage of the provincial average default rate.
Any institution with a 2017 default rate above 20% is required to post a Promissory Note for loans issued in 2018-19. The 2017 default rate pertains to loans issued 2014-15.
Any institution that posted a Promissory Note for loans issued in 2014-15 and has a 2017 loan default rate over 22.5% is in a payment position and is responsible for sharing the loan default costs.