Ontario Makes Changes To Two Student Grant Programs
McGuinty Government Continues To Protect Access To Higher Education
Changes to Ontario's Textbook and Technology Grant and Distance Grants will ensure they remain available to students who are most in need of financial help, while controlling expenditures in a balanced way during challenging economic times.
Starting in the 2009-10 academic year, these grants will be available only to full-time students qualifying for OSAP who are attending a provincially-funded college or university in Ontario. The Textbook and Technology Grant helps students pay for textbooks and computer costs. The grant is $150 per academic year. The Distance Grants help students who must travel long distances to attend a college or university. Students can receive up to $500 per term through Distance Grants. These changes are part of the government's 2009 Budget commitment to control expenditures in a balanced and comprehensive way while protecting services and delivering services more efficiently.
- Students who do not qualify for OSAP are still eligible to receive a Textbook and Technology Grant or a Distance Grant if their program begins before August 1, 2009.
- 100,000 more students are attending college or university in Ontario today compared to 2003.
- One in four, or about 120,000 students in Ontario, is receiving a non-repayable grant.
“While we are in difficult economic times, our government has not lost sight of the vital importance of continuing to invest in the skills and knowledge of our people. By continuing to support students who have the greatest financial need, we can help them pursue higher education, strengthening our workforce and our economy.”