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Province Expanding 30% Off Ontario Tuition Program

Web posted on January 21, 2014

Ontario is helping about 5,000 more students with the cost of post secondary education by expanding eligibility for the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant.

Students in their final year of a five-year co-op program and students attending private career colleges and other private post secondary institutions that are eligible for financial aid through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will now be eligible for the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant.

This year, the grant will help eligible students save $1,730 on tuition in degree programs and $790 for students in diploma or certificate programs. The deadline to apply for the winter semester is March 1, 2014. About 230,000 students received the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant last year.

"Expanding eligibility for the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant will help ensure that a post secondary education in Ontario is accessible based on a student's ability to learn, not their ability to pay. Our government remains committed to supporting one of the most generous student financial aid programs in Canada." Brad Duguid, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Students who apply for aid through OSAP will automatically be considered for the grant without a separate application, including those who have already applied this year. OSAP is available to eligible students at 169 private career college campuses.

Helping students with the costs of post secondary education is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate. Investments in student assistance over the past 10 years have more than doubled the number of students qualifying for aid, while enrolment has increased by 40 per cent.

"We are pleased to make the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant announcement here at the University of Waterloo, which offers such a diverse range of co-op programs. Helping Ontario students with the cost of tuition is part of our government's plan to build the best-educated workforce in the world. A skilled workforce helps attract investment that creates jobs and strengthens the economy." John Milloy, MPP, Kitchener-Centre