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More than One-Third of College and University Students Receiving Free Tuition

Ontario is Making Life More Affordable for Students

NEWS                                                                                                                                   Friday, September 15, 2017

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).

Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton was at Milton District High School on Friday to talk about free tuition as 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.

 

QUOTE

 “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

 

 “Free tuition and expanded OSAP is making postsecondary education more accessible for many students who otherwise may not have been able to afford it. It is important that we support our young people and make life easier for Ontario students. By investing now in our students' education, we are helping to secure their future success and to build a stronger, more inclusive economy."

— Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP Halton

 

QUICK FACTS

 

  • 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 pharmacare coverage 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.

 

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Ontario Student Assistance Program

Ontario’s colleges and universities

OHIP+ and free pharmacare

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