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Tips and Tools for Applying for a Postsecondary Education

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Tips and Tools for Applying for a Postsecondary Education

Ontario Government Helping Students Succeed

As university and college application deadlines approach, Ontario is offering students valuable tips on how to apply and reminding them of the programs and resources that can help them save money.

Students should follow these tips when applying for college or university:

  • Before you apply, research the background, trends and outlooks for common Ontario occupations so you can make an informed decision about your education and future career.
  • Talk with people in the program or profession that interests you.
  • Review the admission requirements to make sure you meet them before you apply.
  • Be aware of your deadlines -- they are different for college and university, and many vary from school to school.
  • If you're applying to a high-demand program, you may increase your chances of getting accepted if you send in your application early.
  • If you need OSAP or other forms of financial assistance, apply in advance to ensure your funding arrives when you need it. Students in special circumstances may be eligible for additional funding support.

Providing access to affordable, high-quality postsecondary education that equips students with the skills they need to succeed is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Through the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant program, eligible students can save between $790 and $1,730 per year on tuition. If you apply for OSAP, you’re automatically considered.
  • More than 555,000 full-time students were enrolled at Ontario colleges and universities last year — 161,000 more than in 2002-03.
  • Ontario has increased investment in publicly-funded colleges and universities by $2.2 billion or 80 per cent since 2002-03.

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Brad Duguid

“Postsecondary education is one of the most important investments you can make in your future. That is why our government will continue to ensure that all qualified Ontario students continue to have access to high quality, affordable postsecondary education and training programs.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

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