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- September 18, 2017
More than One-Third of College and University Students Receiving Free Tuition
Ontario is Making Life More Affordable for Students
Dr. Helena Jaczek are pleased to announce that, this school year, more than one-third of all full-time college and university students in Ontario are receiving free tuition thanks to the new Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
Free tuition is part of Ontario’s plan to make life more affordable to students. Along with the new OSAP, Ontario students will have access to additional proposed financial supports including:
- Free pharmacare so that youth under 25 don’t have to worry about paying for prescription medication starting January 1, 2018.
- Raising the minimum wage so that students can earn more money to help them afford the cost of school.
- Improved repayment assistance so that students don’t have to worry about paying back their Ontario student loans until they’re making at least $35,000 a year.
- Free online textbooks to help students cover the cost of buying their textbooks.
Making postsecondary education more affordable for students and families is part of our government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“I am pleased that our government has made access to postsecondary education about the ability to learn and not about the ability to pay. This funding means that more students in York Region can go on to college or university and build the skills they need in order to successfully enter the workforce, without having to worry about how they will pay or having restricting debt after finishing up their studies.” - Dr. Helena Jaczek, M.P.P., Oak Ridges-Markham
“Going to college or university is a wonderful opportunity for young Ontarians. That’s why this government is committed to making it as easy and affordable as we possibly can for students, so that they can pursue their dreams, fulfil their potential and get the skills they’ll need for the jobs of tomorrow.” - Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government
- Students from families with a combined income up to $175,000 will benefit from more generous grants and loans to assist with college and university expenses.
- Applications to OSAP grew by more than 10 per cent in 2017, compared to last year. And this school year, more than 210,000 students will receive free tuition.
- Students attending college and university this fall are the first to benefit from the new OSAP.
- 95% of all students who are receiving OSAP are getting generous grants to help them pay for college or university.
- The OSAP application for the 2018-19 school year will open on November 8, 2017, earlier than ever before.
- Starting in 2018, the minimum salary a borrower needs to make before they are required to start repaying their Ontario student loans is increasing from $25,000 to $35,000.
- OHIP+ will provide pharmacarecoverage for children and youth under 25 who are covered by OHIP starting September 1, 2018.
- Ontario is partnering with eCampusOntario to develop and provide free and low-cost digital textbooks to students. A similar open textbook initiative in British Columbia has helped learners save over $4 million since 2012.
Ontario Student Assistance Program
Ontario’s colleges and universities
OHIP+ and free pharmacare
Free online textbooks