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30% Off For Students

McGuinty Government Making Postsecondary Education More Affordable

For the first time, high school students can apply for 30% Off Ontario Tuition while they make plans to attend a public university or college in the fall.

Students in a university or college degree program will get $1,680, while students in college diploma and certificate programs will get $770 each year.

Students can also now apply for OSAP and automatically be considered for 10 grant and loan programs, including the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant. 

Helping Ontario students with the price of tuition is part of the McGuinty government's plan to keep postsecondary education within all families' reach, while building the best-educated workforce in the world.  This leads to a stronger economy, and creates good jobs.

Quick Facts

  • Last year, 82 per cent of high school students earned their secondary school diploma - a jump of 14 percentage points from 68 per cent in 2003-04.
  • By April, 91,500 Ontario secondary students had applied for first year university and 59,140 for first year college programs.
  • More than 270,000 students received OSAP funding in 2010-11 and 83 per cent of them qualified for needs-based grants.
  • Ontario has created 210,000 additional postsecondary and apprenticeship spaces and, by re-instating student access grants, has tripled the number of grants available to students since 2003.
  • More than 9,000 students at 37 high schools across the province are getting extra help in the classroom to learn about the benefits of postsecondary education and choose a career.

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“Our tuition grant is helping to make postsecondary education more affordable for Ontario families. I encourage all secondary students who plan to attend college or university this fall to apply for the 30% Off Tuition grant - and to also see what OSAP offers.”

Glen Murray

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Every student deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. That's why we're making it easier for students to pursue their passion in college or university with this tuition grant.”

Laurel Broten

Minister of Education

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