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New grants help student commuters

McGuinty Government Improving Access To Higher Education

Office of the Premier

Starting this fall, the province will pick up part of the travel costs for students who commute long distances to get to college or university.

Until now, a lot of students living in rural or northern communities had to pay the full cost of getting to school on their own. This put a college or university education out of reach for some. Now, more students will get the opportunity to continue their education past high school.

Eligible students who go away to school will get a $300 annual grant to help them return home for visits with family. Students who live at home and commute regularly back and forth will get $500 each semester.

To be eligible for these grants, a student must live in a rural or northern community more than 80 kilometres away from a college or university.

About 24,000 students will benefit from the $27-million program over three years. Students will be able to apply for the grant online starting this year.

This is part of the $1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan announced in the government's 2008 Budget.

Quick Facts

  • About 120,000 students in Ontario get grants from the government.
  • Seven out of every 10 new jobs created in Ontario over the next decade will require postsecondary education or training.
  • Ontario has the highest proportion of university educated people aged 25 to 64 among G8 countries.

Additional Resources


“More access to higher education means more opportunities for students down the road. We want to be there for students, so that they can be there for school.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Today's students will build tomorrow's knowledge economy, so we want to do everything we can to make sure students get the support they need to succeed”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities



Education and Training Rural and North Children and Youth