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  • January 05, 2012

Seneca College Students Can Apply for 30% Off Ontario Tuition

McGuinty Government Making Postsecondary Education More Affordable


Students in Oak Ridges-Markham and across Ontario can now apply to get 30 per cent off the cost of their tuition.

 To help keep the cost of postsecondary education affordable the government is taking 30% off the average tuition for families — that means $800 for undergraduate degree students and $365 for diploma and certificate students in school this semester.

Students are eligible, if:

  • They are a full-time student at a public college or university in Ontario
  • It’s been less than four years since they left high school
  • They are in a program that they can apply to directly from high school
  • Their parents’ gross income is $160,000 or less

 This September, the permanent 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant will apply to the full school year. Students in a university or college degree program will save $1,600 and students in college diploma and certificate programs will save $730.


“I am happy to announce that our government is making education more affordable for my constituents receiving post secondary education, a well educated work force will build towards a stronger economy.”

 — Dr. Helena Jaczek, MPP Oak ridges-Markham

“We are keeping our promise to make a real difference in the cost of tuition for undergraduate students and their families. This grant means that eligible students will enjoy the lowest tuition costs in the past 10 years. We are being fiscally responsible while at the same time making a profound difference for the students and families who need the financial assistance.”

 — Glen Murray, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities


 More than 300,000 undergraduate students are eligible to receive the new grant this year. Students who already receive OSAP will be automatically considered.

  • Students with disabilities may receive the grant for up to six years of study.
  • To fully offset the costs of the new tuition grant, efficiencies and savings were found including: the elimination of the Ontario Textbook and Technology Grant, as well as the Ontario Trust for Student Support and the phase-out of the Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for the Top Scholarships.
  • Ontario has created 200,000 additional postsecondary and apprenticeship spaces and, by re-instating student access grants, has tripled the number of grants available to students, since 2003.



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