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  • November 08, 2017

OSAP Application Now Open for 2018-19 School Year

Students in Markham-Unionville Can Apply Four Months Earlier This Year

Markham-Unionville MPP Michael Chan welcomed Advanced Education and Skills Development Minister, Deb Matthews, to Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy to host a student roundtable and announce that, today, applications opened for the new OSAP for the 2018-19 school year.  This will allow students to apply for financial aid at the same time they are submitting their college and university applications.

“I am delighted to share this good news with the community. Our government has transformed this important program and the additional supports available will boost Ontario’s rate of postsecondary education, already one of the highest anywhere.  In Markham-Unionville and across the province, more students than ever before will receive free tuition, opening doors to increased career choices, higher earning power, and brighter futures.”
— Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

The new OSAP is more generous than ever before, providing free tuition to about one-third of all full-time university and college students this school year.  And almost all students who get OSAP get grant funding – money they don’t have to pay back.

This year’s OSAP application process will also give students an estimate of costs (including tuition), available financial aid and scholarships for each academic program they apply to -- giving students and their families the information they need to plan for their future.

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.

“The opportunity to attend a college or university should be based on a student’s potential, not their ability to pay. For some students, knowing they can get the financial support they need to attend postsecondary can be the difference in getting to go at all. Early applications to the new OSAP will help them find out if they qualify for generous grants or free tuition. And applying for the new OSAP is now easier than ever, giving students and their families more time to explore their options and plan for a brighter future.”
— Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development


  • 74,862 student attending college or university in the Greater Toronto Area are receiving free tuition from OSAP this year.
  • The new OSAP calculator lets students quickly see what financial assistance they could qualify for.
  • 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.
  • The minimum salary a borrower needs to make before they are required to start repaying the provincial portion of their student loan 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.
  • It’s not too late to apply for OSAP for this school year - students have up to 60 days before the end of their program of study to apply for OSAP.


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