1. LSSO National Tuition/Financial Survey

PURPOSE

The following survey is for students currently enrolled in legal studies programs at Canadian law schools (i.e., Juris Doctor and related joint programs of study). The resulting data will be used to inform policy development and further study of student financial aid and access to legal education issues by law school student governments and their affiliates.

PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY

To respect the privacy of individual respondents, the survey has been designed such that it will collect minimal identifying information from respondents. Any freeform text entries which identify a student will be excluded from the final data set. Most questions offer a "Prefer Not to Disclose" option and most text fields do not require responses.

SURVEY ADMINISTRATORS

Representatives of the LSSO Council, comprised of student government leadership from law schools across Ontario, had input to the design of the questions on the following pages. Questions or concerns may be directed to Karen Mann, President, LSSO at president@lsso.ca.

SURVEY STRUCTURE

The survey should take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. The main sections are:

1.      Demographic and Background Information

2.      Law School & Program Data

3.      Cost of Living

4.      Education Pathway

5.      Financial Profile

6.      Financial Impacts, Experiences, and Perceptions

7.      Policy Input

The number of questions varies based on your responses to previous questions. Your participation is completely voluntary and you may stop answering the questions at any time by using the "Quit" button on your screen.

FINAL INSTRUCTIONS

STOP: To participate in the survey, you MUST be a student currently enrolled at a law school in Canada AND be a resident of Canada. If you do not meet this criteria, please do not proceed past this point.

Students that meet the participation criteria are welcome to complete the survey REGARDLESS of their financial profile or financial aid eligibility.

BEFORE BEGINNING: Please have open your government student loan information (if you have one) and education line of credit information (if you have one). You can do this by opening your online accounts in other browser windows or by having your recent statements at hand. The survey will not request any identifying information regarding your financial accounts. Please make sure you have enough time to complete the survey without interruption.

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* 1. Age: What is your age (in years)?

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* 2. Gender: I Identify my gender as ____.

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* 3. Domicile: In which province or territory is your permanent address located? This may also be the province or territory you consider “home” or where you moved from to begin law school.

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* 4. Postal Code FSA: What the first 3 digits of the postal code of the address where you spent most of your childhood? (For example, the first 3 digits of M3J 1P3 would be M3J).

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* 5. Provincial Loan Program: Which provincial student loan program do you borrow from or would you be eligible to apply to?

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* 6. Ethnic or Cultural Background: What is your ethnic or cultural background? (For example: Canadian, English, French, Chinese, East Indian, Italian, German, Scottish, Irish, Cree, Mi'kmaq, Salish, Métis, Inuit, Filipino, Dutch, Ukrainian, Polish, Portuguese, Greek, Korean, Vietnamese, Jamaican, Jewish, Lebanese, Salvadorean, Somali, Colombian, etc.)

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* 7. Visible Minority Self-Identification: Do you identify as a member of a visible minority? (The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as ‘persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour.’)

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* 8. Indigenous Self-Identification: Do you identify as an Indigenous person - that is, First Nations, Métis, or Inuit?

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* 9. Status Indian Identification: Are you a Status Indian (Registered or Treaty Indian) as defined by the Indian Act?

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* 10. Member of First Nation/Indian Band: Are you a member of a First Nation/Indian band?

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* 11. Disability Self-Identification: Statistics Canada defines a disability as an activity limitation or participation restriction associated with a physical or mental condition or health problem. Do you have a disability?

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* 12. Sexual Orientation: Do you identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, two-spirit, or pansexual?

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* 13. Mature Student: Do you self-identify as a mature student?

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* 14. Rural Canada: Do you identify as someone from rural Canada? As a guideline, Statistics Canada defines rural Canada as those areas outside urban centres with a population of at least 10,000 people. Often, but not always, the second digit of a rural postal code will be a 0 (i.e., in N0J 1M0 or P0W 1C0).

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* 15. Northern/Remote Canada: Do you identify as someone from northern Canada or a remote community? As a guideline, a list of the Canada Revenue Agency's prescribed northern and intermediate northern zones can be found at https://www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/topics/about-your-tax-return/tax-return/completing-a-tax-return/deductions-credits-expenses/line-255-northern-residents-deductions/line-255-places-located-prescribed-zones.html.

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* 16. Parents with a Post-Secondary Credential: How many of your parents completed a post-secondary credential (i.e., a college diploma or university degree)?

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* 17. Highest Level of Parent Education: What was the highest level of education completed (i.e., graduated from) by either of your parents?

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* 18. Dependents: Do you have children or other dependents?

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* 19. Residence Type: Select the option which best reflects your current living arrangements.

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* 20. Marital Status: What is your marital status?

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* 21. General Comment: Is there anything else you'd like us to know about your background or demographic profile?

 
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