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The Ontario Government Is Officially Offering Free Tuition To Over 200,000 Students

A new OSAP program is removing financial barriers to education.

The Ontario government has announced the launch of a new OSAP program this year that would allow over 200,000 eligible students to receive free tuition for post-secondary studies.

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Treasury Board President Liz Sandals and Newmarket-Aurora MPP Chriss Ballard gave details of the new student assistance program during a press conference at Maximilian Kolbe Catholic School in Aurora this past Wednesday (Feb 8, 2017). The announcement revealed that new enhancements to the student funding plan would make tuition free for certain students, and that it would remove for them "the financial barriers to college and university."

The new OSAP program would provide grants and loans to students in amounts that would make average tuition free for students whose parents make less than $50,000 a year. Part-time and full-time students who meet certain requirements could receive up to $13,260.

Mature or continuing education students are also to receive new opportunities under the program.

Applications for the 2017/2018 school year will open in the Spring. To help students with the process, a new OSAP calculator tool has also been introduced to determine whether they qualify for the program or not.

For more information, please visit Ontario.ca/OSAP

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