Mature Students Could Qualify for Free Tuition with New OSAP

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Mature Students Could Qualify for Free Tuition with New OSAP

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Ontario is transforming student assistance to make college and university more affordable, including free tuition for qualifying adult learners, so that they can go back to school and upgrade their skills at such schools like Sheridan College.

“Sheridan is committed to supporting students in achieving their postsecondary aspirations, and has a robust scholarship and bursary program that assists a wide range of students each year.  However, many also rely on OSAP, and the revised OSAP procedure for mature students is welcome news.  It has the potential to greatly enhance access to postsecondary education for qualified adult learners, providing both social and economic benefits to our communities,” stated Dr. Mary Preece, President and Vice Chancellor of Sheridan College.

Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, joined by Education Minister Mitzie Hunter and Beaches-East York MPP Arthur Potts, met with students and community members at the City Adult Learning Centre in Toronto today, to talk about how 150,000 people in Ontario will be eligible to receive free tuition as a result of the improvements the provincial government is making to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

The new OSAP will make average tuition free for students, including mature students and adult learners, whose family income is less than $50,000 per year. Students with children may be eligible to receive OSAP funding for child care costs, and students from higher-income families will also benefit from more generous grants and loans.

Ontario has also launched a new online calculator at Ontario.ca/osap to allow students to find out instantly whether they qualify for free tuition or other grants from the province. For example, if you are a single parent, have three children and earn $60,000 a year, the new OSAP calculator will tell you that you are eligible for more than $16,000 of non-repayable aid, making average university tuition free with money left over for books and fees.

Expanding access to college and university is part of our government’s plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.Students applying to college and university for September 2017 will be the first to benefit from the new OSAP.

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