A post-secondary education can be a very expensive undertaking. For example, if you plan to attend college your costs may range from $8,000 to $16,000 + per year. Likewise, the cost of a university education can vary from $10,000 to $25, 000 + per year. The great variance is a result of many factors, including which program you register in, and whether you are living at home, in residence, or off-campus. That being said, the cost of education can be quite prohibitive for many families; however, there are many financial resources which you may be eligible to access. There are government programs such as Ontario’s 30% tuition rebate and OSAP which have easy on-line applications. Universities and colleges also offer a wide range of scholarship / bursary opportunities – simply check their websites for further information and application deadlines. Many students also find on-campus (work-study grant) and off-campus employment which can also serve to minimize the financial “hit” of a post-secondary education. Also, many parents have RESP’s which they can tap into once their child commences their studies. The following links, although not exhaustive, represents a good starting place to begin your search for funds:
- What is OSAP? (https://www.ontario.ca/page/learn-about-osap)
- Register for OSAP:(https://www.ontario.ca/page/osap-ontario-student-assistance-program)
- First Time Full Time OSAP Applicants Must Complete an OSAP Information Module: (https://www.ontario.ca/page/osap-ontario-student-assistance-program#section-11)
- 30% Tuition Rebate Program to assist low income families: Cancelled by Ford Government.
- The new OSAP tuition free program to assist low income families: Cancelled by Ford Government.
- Check individual schools for bursary and in-course award opportunities.
- Scholarships Search Engines