Ontario Continues to Cap University and College Tuition Fees
Province Providing Predictability for Postsecondary Students
Ontario is extending the current cap on tuition fee increases at colleges and universities, to provide predictability and stability for students and their families.
The province is continuing to limit average tuition fee increases to a maximum of three per cent per year for the next two years as it works to implement the largest reform of student assistance in the province's history. This will give time for the sector to adapt to the transformative changes that Ontario is bringing forward, and will allow the province to launch a more sustained and comprehensive consultation on tuition fees with the goal of developing a more permanent framework for students and institutions.
Ontario is also transforming the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) to ensure financial assistance is targeted to those with the greatest need. The new OSAP will make tuition free for over 150,000 students whose families make less than $50,000 per year, and more affordable for students from middle-income families. Once the OSAP changes are fully implemented, about 80 per cent of all OSAP recipients will graduate with less provincial debt.
Ensuring that college and university is 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.
- In 2013-14, Ontario limited tuition fee increases to an average of three per cent for four years. This framework was set to expire on August 31, 2017.
- Tuition for professional and graduate university programs, and high-demand college programs, can be increased up to five per cent, as long as an institution’s average overall tuition increase is three per cent per year.
- Ontario will work closely with colleges and universities to ensure that families clearly see upfront the difference between the sticker price for tuition and what students would need to pay under the transformed student assistance program.
- By entering basic information at Ontario.ca/osap, in just a few clicks students will learn whether they are eligible for free tuition and how much aid they could receive from the new Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
- The Ministry will be establishing a tuition technical working group inclusive of universities, colleges and students to increase accessibility, fairness and transparency for students on tuition related fees and processes.
“Limiting tuition fee increases balances affordability for students and their families, while providing postsecondary institutions with financial stability as we work to transform OSAP – making tuition free for low-income students and more affordable for students from middle-income families. Moving forward, we’ll continue to ensure that every qualified student has access to postsecondary education through our generous student financial aid program.”