As of now 185,000 students have received free tuition this year under a new government program said Advanced Education Minister Deb Matthews. This represents more than a third of all full-time college and university students in Ontario.
First announced in last year’s budget, the new Ontario Student Assistance Program that gives a combination of grants and loans took effect for this school year.
A high school to university student whose parents make $70,000 could receive $7,300 in grants, which would cover the average cost of tuition, and $8,300 in repayable loans.
Matthews says a three-per-cent tuition increase cap is continuing, but these grants will ensure more people, especially those from lower income families, can pursue post-secondary education.
Free tuition is the actual cost of a regular college diploma program or undergraduate arts or science university program, or average tuition in a high-cost program such as engineering.
It is hoped that students who benefit from this program will go on to achieve their dreams. Too many students have in the past abandoned their further education simply because their parents could not afford the fees. This is great news for students and families who want to see their children achieve their full potential and get a great education. – CINEWS