Students applying for the 2017-2018 school year will, for the first time, be able to take advantage of the changes to OSAP which will drastically lower the barrier of entry for low income students. For students from families who make less than $50,000 a year, post-secondary education will be completely free. If your family earns more than $50,000 per year, the new OSAP will still provide significant assistance. In fact, tens of thousands of students from middle income families will benefit from more generous OSAP grants and many will still be eligible for free tuition.
More Ontario students are now graduating from post-secondary programs than ever before, but some people hesitate to apply for college or university because they worry about the cost. Statistically, students from the lowest income families are four times less likely to attend university than those from the highest income bracket, which is unjust to the youth in these lower income brackets, as well as inefficient for our economy. The new OSAP will help more students seek an advanced education, regardless of their family's income. For mature students, these new changes will also increase the amount of assistance available to them, to ease the sometimes daunting process of returning to school.
If you or someone you know wishes to apply for OSAP for this upcoming semester, you can apply now! Click HERE to see how much OSAP you are qualified to receive. Click HERE for additional information.
“We are leveling the playing field so more students from Toronto Centre can go on to college or university regardless of their financial backgrounds. The new OSAP will build a more fair society by expanding access to education to help all people in Ontario— providing them with the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow and building up Ontario’s economy.”
— Glen Murray, MPP
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