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OSAP changes increasing access and affordability

September 12, 2017
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Attending college or university should be based on a student’s potential and not on their ability to pay. That’s why we’re moving ahead with the most ambitious reforms of student assistance in North America.

Average tuition will be free for more than 150,000 students once the changes to OSAP are fully implemented. About 80 per cent of all OSAP recipients will graduate with less provincial debt.

Students from higher-income families will also benefit from more generous grants and loans.

We’re also launching a new program that will offer free online textbooks for many courses, further helping to reduce costs. 

The new OSAP will allow mature students to qualify for more grants so they can go back to school to upgrade their skills. If you are a single parent, have three children and earn $60,000 a year, for example, the new OSAP calculator will tell you that you are eligible for over $16,000 of non-repayable aid, making tuition free should you want to attend college.