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
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