This school year, more than one-third of all full-time college and university students in Ontario are receiving free tuition thanks to the new Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
Deb Matthews, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, met with students in Ottawa today to talk about how the new OSAP and other proposed programs will make life easier for students, including:
Making postsecondary education more affordable for students and families is part of our government's plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“Going to college or university is a wonderful opportunity for young Ontarians. That’s why this government is committed to making it as easy and affordable as we possibly can for students, so that they can pursue their dreams, fulfil their potential and get the skills they’ll need for the jobs of tomorrow.”
“Access to affordable high-quality postsecondary education is an important part of building a fair and inclusive economy. The government’s changes to OSAP, including free tuition, will have a life-changing impact for students at Algonquin College. Beginning this fall, more students than ever will be able to focus on achieving their goals rather than worrying about their finances.”
“Algonquin College students were happy to have an opportunity to engage with Minister Matthews this morning and talk about the issues that affect us and the hope we have for the future. We welcomed the Minister’s words about OSAP because financial concerns should not be barriers to access. The changes to OSAP will mean that about 75 per cent of Algonquin College students will have fewer financial worries as they pursue their studies.”
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