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200,000 Students Received 30% Off Ontario Tuition

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200,000 Students Received 30% Off Ontario Tuition

McGuinty Government Making Postsecondary Education More Affordable

Office of the Premier

Since the January launch of the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant, 200,000 postsecondary students have received money back to help offset their tuition costs.

Students in a university or college degree program received $800, while students in college diploma and certificate programs received $365 towards the winter semester. This fall, they will receive $1,680 and $770 respectively.

Because the grant is calculated to be 30% off the average Ontario tuition, the amount of the grant will keep pace with any increased future costs.

Helping Ontario students with the cost of tuition is part of the McGuinty government's plan to build the best-educated workforce in the world. A skilled workforce helps attract investment that creates jobs and strengthens the economy.

Quick Facts

  • Students can now apply for OSAP and automatically be considered for 10 grant and loan programs, including the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant.
  • Ontario's Student Success Strategy has helped 93,000 more high school students graduate than would have if the rate stayed at the 2004 level.
  • In Ontario, 64 per cent of adults have completed postsecondary education -- that's a higher rate than any OECD country.
  • Ontario has added about 210,000 more postsecondary spaces, including 60,000 more apprenticeships; the rate of enrolment in universities is up 26 per cent -- double the national average -- and college enrolment is up 18.5 per cent.

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“Ontario families know that in our global, knowledge-based economy, it's really important that our kids -- no matter what our income level is -- finish high school and go on to an apprenticeship, college or university. Families are committed to that. That's why we're doing our part to help them by providing the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant.”

Dalton McGuinty

Premier of Ontario

“Kitchener-Waterloo is home to many students who can benefit from the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant. We know families make sacrifices to be able to send their kids to school and we want to make sure we're doing our part. A highly educated workforce and a strong economy are good for all Ontarians.”

John Milloy

MPP for Kitchener Centre



Education and Training Government