College and university to be more affordable for some adult students

Mature students could qualify for free tuition with new OSAP.

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.

Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, joined by Education Minister Mitzie Hunter met with students and community members at the City Adult Learning Centre in Toronto in January, 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 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 the 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.
“Our goal is to prepare students with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to graduate and go on to become successful and engaged citizens. I am thrilled that the new Ontario Student Assistance Program will help encourage more students to pursue postsecondary education opportunities,” said Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter.
Photo: Minister of Education Mitzie Hunter.

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