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30% Off Ontario Tuition

Purpose

The purpose of the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant 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 of grant is $950 per term if you are in a degree program at a public college, university or private postsecondary school in Ontario that is approved for OSAP purposes. You can receive an annual maximum of $1,900.

The maximum amount of grant is $435 per term if you are in a certificate or diploma program at a public college or private postsecondary school in Ontario that is approved for OSAP purposes. You can receive an annual maximum of $870.

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 permanent disability; or
    • more than 4 years but less than 5 years if you are enrolled in the 4th or 5th year of a cooperative education (“co-op”) program (i.e., a co-op program that contains no less than eight academic study terms and one or more required work terms, which combined are more than 48 months in length).
  • Your parents' gross income is $160,000 or less;
  • You're a full-time undergraduate student at a public university, college or private postsecondary school in Ontario that is approved for OSAP purposes;
  • 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).

Apply for Accommodation

If you were unable to attend 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 apply for accommodation to be considered for the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant in your current year:

  • 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 application for accommodation is approved, you must apply for and meet all other eligibility requirements in order to receive the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant.

Check out the Application for Accommodation: 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant form for more information.

How to Apply

There are two ways to apply for grant:

  • Use the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students. This application is available online or in paper format.
  • Use the 2016-2017 Application for 30% Off Ontario Tuition. This application is available online or in paper format.

Deadlines

    Students who apply using the OSAP Application for Full-time Students

    The deadlines for the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students are as follows:

    Application Deadline

    Your application must be received by your financial aid office no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.

    Document Deadline

    All required documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.

    Note: Documents received after your deadline date will not be considered.

    Review Deadline

    Any review request must be received no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.

    Note: Review requests received after your deadline date will not be considered.

    Students who apply using the Application for 30% Off Ontario Tuition

    The deadlines to apply using the 2016-2017 Application for 30% Off Ontario Tuition are as follows:

    Application Deadline

    Your application must be received by your financial aid office no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.

    In a Co-Op Program?

    Only your study terms are eligible for 30% Off Ontario Tuition. Your application deadlines are based on your study terms only.

Co-op program deadlines

Length of study

How to apply

Back-to-back study terms for the 2016-17 academic year

Apply once for the study period.

One study term only during the 2016-17 academic year.

Apply once.

Study terms for the fall 2016 and spring/summer 2017 terms only.

Apply for each term separately. If you missed the deadline for your fall application, contact your financial aid office, as you may still be eligible to apply.

    Document Deadline

    All required documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.

    Note: Documents received after your deadline date will not be considered.

    Review Deadline

    Any review request must be received no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.

    Note: Review requests received after your deadline date will not be considered.

Documents You Need to Provide

    Students who apply using the OSAP Application for Full-time Students

    See the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students for complete details on your required documents.

    Students who apply using the Application for 30% Off Ontario Tuition

    See the 2016-2017 Application for 30% Off Ontario Tuition for complete details on your required documents. This may include a 30% Off Ontario Tuition Program Details Form that you would send to your school for completion.

What Happens After You Apply

    Students who apply using the OSAP Application for Full-time Students

    Your eligibility for this grant is determined as part of the processing of your 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students. Once your application is received, it’s processed in several stages that include:

      • Confirming all required information and documents have been provided.
      • Determining whether you meet all the eligibility requirements.
      • Verifying the following information:
        • Your Social Insurance Number and personal identification information (name, date of birth, and gender) is verified with the Social Insurance Registry.
        • Your credit history is verified with a credit reporting agency (Equifax).

    When determining your eligibility, your income (and that of your spouse or parent(s), if applicable) will be verified with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Results from the CRA income verification process may impact your eligibility for this grant if any of this income information is not accurately reported on your application.

    You can log into the OSAP website at any time to see what stage your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students is at.

    Students who apply using the Application for 30% Off Ontario Tuition

    Your eligibility for this grant is determined once all your 2016-2017 Application for 30% Ontario Tuition and all required documentation have been received.

    You can log into the OSAP website at any time to see what stage your Application for 30% Off Ontario Tuition is at.

What Needs To Be Done Before You Can Get Your Aid

Your application and all required documents must be received and processed before any funding is released. In addition, your parent(s) income must either be verified with Canada Revenue Agency or documentation about their total gross income must be provided and approved.

Your school must confirm your enrolment before any of your funding can be disbursed to you.

Note: no funds are released until on or after your study period start date.

When You Get Your Aid

You will usually get your funding in two instalments. The first installment normally occurs when you begin your studies and the rest occurs half way through your study period.