The purpose of the 30% Off Ontario Tuition is to ensure that postsecondary education is accessible and affordable for Ontario’s undergraduate students by helping eligible students pay for their tuition.
Amount of Aid
The maximum amount aid available:
- $840 per term if you are in a degree program at a public college or university in Ontario.
- $385 per term if you are in a certificate or diploma program at a public college in Ontario
Who Can Get This Aid
You're eligible for this grant if:
- You're a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a protected person;
- You're an Ontario resident;
- It's been less than four years since you left high school (or less than six years if you have a disability);
- Your parents' gross income is $160,000 or less;
- You're a full-time undergraduate student at a public university or college in Ontario;
- You're in a program that you can apply to directly from high school; and,
- You're not restricted from receiving an Ontario Student Loan (e.g., you're not in default or have an academic restriction).
How to Apply
Students who have submitted a 2012-13 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students
You do not have to fill out a separate application. The ministry will automatically determine if you’re eligible for this grant and notify you about the amount of your funding.
Students who have NOT submitted a 2012-2013 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students
Use the 2012-2013 Application for 30% Off Ontario Tuition, which is available online. A paper application form and other forms will be available late spring.
Students who are applying for the 30% Off grant can apply if they are taking a program that is 1, 2 and 3 terms in length. The deadlines to apply are associated with those terms. Hence the deadlines to apply for 30% Off are:
Length of study
Deadline to apply
12-20 weeks (1 term) ending before January 1, 2013
The deadline to apply has passed
12-20 weeks (1 term) starting after January 1, 2013
March 1, 2013 or 30 days after the start of the study period, whichever is later
21-52 weeks (2-3 terms)
March 1, 2013 or 90 days before the end of the study period, whichever is later
Documents You Need to Provide
Your parent(s) are required to sign a declaration form, which the ministry uses to confirm parental income with Canada Revenue Agency. When you apply online you will be able to print a copy of this form from the website or you can request that the ministry mail them to you.
In addition, you may be required to provide documents to support the information that you provide on your application. When you complete an online application, you will be provided with a personalized list. Some documents you can print from your application (e.g., proof of permanent residency) and others you must provide (e.g., proof of marital status). Please use the Documentation Cover Sheet that is provided to ensure that your documentation is received and processed quickly. These documents must be received and approved before your grant can be released.
The deadline to submit supporting documentation is March 29, 2013.
Where to Send Documents
All declaration and signature pages and any other required documents should be sent to the financial aid office at your school.
Information Your School Needs to Provide
Your school will electronically provide the ministry with information about your program/study period and confirm that you are enrolled. In some situations, your school may have to provide this information by completing an “OTG Program Details Form”. If required, it will be available for you to print at the end of your online application.
What Happens After You Apply
The ministry processes your application to:
- ensure all information has been provided;
- ensure all required documents are provided and approved;
- determine if you meet all the eligibility requirements;
- verify the following information:
- your Social Insurance Number and personal identification information (name, date of birth, and gender) is verified with the Social Insurance Registry; and
- your parent(s)’ income is verified with Canada Revenue Agency.
How to Check the Status of Your Application and the Amount of Your Aid
Information about the status of your application is available on this website by logging in and selecting “Check Status”. The ministry will send you an e-mail reminder when your status has changed
How and When You Get Your Aid
If you applied for 12-13 OSAP for Full-Time Students and if the ministry has your banking information on file because you have already set up direct deposit, the grant will be deposited into your bank account. If you did not, a grant cheque will be mailed directly to your mailing address on file. Please ensure that you keep this address up-to-date.
If you provided banking information on your Application for 30% Off Ontario Tuition, your grant will be deposited into your bank account. If you did not, a grant cheque will be mailed directly to your mailing address on file. Please ensure that you keep this address up to date.
How a Change to Your Situation Affects Your Aid
You must promptly inform your financial aid office in writing of any changes to your academic, and/or study period status. Keep your mailing address up to date on the OSAP website.
Request for an Accommodation
If you were unable to attend four (4) years of full-time postsecondary studies since completing high school (or 6 years of full-time studies if you have a permanent disability) for one of the following reasons, you may request an accommodation:
- You were unable to attend full-time postsecondary studies because of a medical condition or disability-related leave (e.g., hospitalization, treatment program, relapse, injury).
- You were unable to attend full-time postsecondary studies because you were required to provide care to a dependent child.
- You were unable to attend full-time postsecondary studies because you were required to provide care to a dependent parent or spouse who required care because of a medical condition or disability.
If your request for an accommodation is approved, you must apply for and meet all other eligibility requirements in order to receive the OTG.
Check out the Request for an Accommodation for the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant form for more information.