New Ontario Student Assistance Program Now Accepting Applications for Free OSAP
Ontario is now accepting applications for the new free OSAP, Ontario Student Assistance Program, which is making tuition free for more than 210,000 students.
Premier Kathleen Wynne met with high school students at Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Catholic Secondary School in Toronto today to talk about how the new free OSAP will help more students pursue higher education based on their ability to learn — not on their ability to pay.
“For too many high school students and their families, tuition fees are a barrier to applying for college or university. And for too many college or university grads, high debt levels are a burden that unfairly limits their choices and opportunities. Everybody should have the opportunity to get an education and start their life without stressful levels of debt. That’s what the new OSAP does. We’re making it easier for everyone in Ontario, young and old, to open up exciting possibilities by pursuing a higher education.” — Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario
In addition to providing free tuition to hundreds of thousands of students each year, the new OSAP will also provide more generous grants. By next year, it is estimated that some 230,000 students receiving OSAP will have less debt as a result of these changes.
All students are encouraged to visit online to start their applications today.
Removing the financial barriers to higher learning and making postsecondary education more affordable is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
- Students and their families can use the new online calculator to quickly determine how much financial assistance they are eligible for — which may be more than they expect.
- The OSAP calculator shows that if, for example, you are a single parent, have three children and earn $60,000, you are eligible for grants totalling more than $16,000 — making tuition free if you decide to attend college.
- OSAP is available to adult students, married students, students with children, dependent students and single independent students. Students with children may also be eligible to receive funding for child care costs.
OSAP Calculator here