Helping Students Succeed
More students are entering college and university in Ontario than ever before. Today, 100,000 more students are attending postsecondary education in the province compared to five years ago.
Students who must travel long distances to college or university face unique challenges. Statistics Canada reports that students who live far from a postsecondary institution are less likely to attend college or university.
Ontario is investing $27 million over three years in grants to help these students.
Commuting grants will assist students living at home who must travel more than 80 kilometres one way on a regular basis to attend a publicly assisted college or university because there is none closer to their home. Students who qualify for this grant will receive $500 each term.
Travel grants will provide $300 each academic year to dependent students living away from home with a permanent address that is 80 kilometres or more from a postsecondary institution.
Students do not need to receive OSAP to qualify for the distance grant, but must apply and be enrolled at a publicly assisted college or university.
It is estimated that about 1,300 students will qualify for the commuting grant and about 23,000 will qualify for the travel grant.
Investing In Students' Futures
This funding is part of the three-year $1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan announced in the government's 2008 Budget. A total of $465 million will be invested by 2011-12 to expand postsecondary student aid and programs.
This investment also includes $385 million over three years for a new Textbook and Technology Grant. It will help lower costs for every full-time college and university student annually, with grants of $150 per student this fall, $225 in the fall of 2009 and $300 in subsequent years.