New Ontario Student Grant Will Make Tuition Free for Thousands

College and University Will Become More Accessible and Affordable

Changes to the Ontario Student Assistance program (OSAP) will make university and college more accessible and affordable for low and middle-income students.

Starting in the 2017-18 academic year, a single, targeted non-repayable Ontario Student Grant will replace a number of existing provincial assistant programs.

Changes to OSAP will make the average tuition free for more than 150,000 eligible low and middle-income students, and will also reduce the cost for others.

  • Eligible students whose parents earn an annual income of $83,300 or less, will receive enough in grants to cover their tuition costs
  • Eligible students whose parents earn less than $50,000 will see their provincial student load debt eliminated
  • Eligible students won’t receive less non-repayable aid through this new grant than they currently do through the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant. (The 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant is for undergraduate students attending an Ontario public university, college, or private postsecondary school).

The Ontario Student Grant provides added support for full-time mature and married students, with eligibility no longer tied to the number of years a student has been out of high school. 

Source:  Government of Ontario News Release