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New Ontario Student Assistance Program

Web posted on September 14, 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). Almost 5,000 of those students attend school in Guelph.

Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, met with students in Guelph today to talk about how the new OSAP and other proposed programs will make life easier for students, 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.

"As a result of the changes to OSAP, with the new Ontario Student Grant and the creation of the net tuition billing strategy, some people are now getting more OSAP than ever before, but the lack of information surrounding eligibility is leaving people confused and unsure about how funds will be distributed based on need. While students are happy to see that the government is working to improve the structure of OSAP, students in Ontario continue to feel the effects of paying the highest level of tuition fees across the country, and are still working towards the victory of free education." Chelsea Mulvale, President, University of Guelph Central Student Association.

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.