On April 13, the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, Deb Matthews, met with the administration, faculty and student body of La Cité collégiale and the University of Ottawa. She also stopped at the Strathcona Heights Homework Club to meet some youth and their parents. She took time to talk about the new Ontario Student Assistance Program which is making tuition free for more than 210,000 students starting in September 2017.
The new OSAP will make average tuition free for students whose families make less than $50,000 a year. Students from families that earn more will also benefit from more generous grants and loans, and about 80 per cent of all OSAP recipients will graduate with less provincial debt.
Ministre Matthews showed the youth and parents the benefits of the new OSAP by entering basic information at Ontario.ca/osap. In just a few clicks, they saw how a student can learn whether she or he qualifies for free tuition and how much aid this person could receive from the new OSAP.
The minister reiterated the will of the government to expand access to college and university, to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
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