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Toronto, Sep 15 (Canadian-Media): New Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) has facilitated more than one-third of all full-time college and university students -- more than 210,000 -- in Ontario this year in receiving free tuition, and of these more than 7,000 attend university or college in Windsor and Sarnia in Ontario, media reports said.
“The new OSAP program is making it far easier for thousands of University of Windsor students to fulfil their dream of earning a university degree. Post-secondary education is one of the best ways of preparing for a lifetime, and on behalf of those students who no longer have to pay tuition, and their families, I want to thank the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development for making their education more affordable,” Dr. Alan Wildeman, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Windsor was quoted as saying by media.
Besides the new OSAP program, Ontario students reportedly will also have access to additional proposed financial supports including Free online textbooks, free pharmacare for youth under 25 starting January 1, 2018.
OHIP+ will reportedly provide pharmacare coverage for children and youth under 25 who are covered by OHIP starting September 1, 2018.
OHIP is the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (OHIP) that pays for many health services needed by the people of Ontario such as appointments with your family doctor, visits to walk-in clinics and some other health care providers, emergency room visits, medical tests and surgeries.
Minimum wage would reportedly increase to help students afford the cost of school, cover the cost of buying their textbooks.
Improved repayment assistance in OSAP student loans, said official reports would enable to students to start repaying their OSAP loans until they're making at least $35,000 a year.
“Going to college or university is a wonderful opportunity for young Ontarians. That’s why this government is committed to making it as easy and affordable as we possibly can for students, so that they can pursue their dreams, fulfil their potential and get the skills they’ll need for the jobs of tomorrow,” Deb Matthews, Deputy Premier, Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Digital Government was quoted by media as saying.
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The results of Ontario government's commitment in making postsecondary education more affordable for students and families to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives has resulted in the availability of free tuition this year for more than 3,000 students from the University of Windsor, more than 3,000 students from St. Clair College, and about 1,000 students from Lambton College.
Patti France, President, St. Clair College was quoted by the media as saying, “A college education in Ontario has never been more affordable and accessible, thanks to the many initiatives of the provincial government. What may have been an unreachable dream for many financially disadvantaged young people is now within their grasp. Both they and the province as a whole can now achieve their full potential. St. Clair College is thrilled to be able to spread the news of these expanded and enhanced opportunities to prospective students in southwestern Ontario."
“The Free Tuition model has assisted more students to access post-secondary education and removed one the largest barriers faced by many families. Our early numbers show that nearly half of the domestic students enrolled at Lambton College this semester were able to benefit from the new OSAP model. We’re pleased to see the impact of these grant changes reflected at our College and the positive effect this new funding model has had on those wanting to pursue higher education.” said Judith Morris, President and CEO, Lambton College,
Besides, generous grants and loans to would be given to students from families with a combined income up to $175,000 to assist with college and university expenses including 95 percent of all students with OSAP loans to help them pay for college or university.
The results of the above endeavours by Ontario government had resulted in the increase of applications to OSAP by more than 10 percent in 2017, compared to last year.
Reportedly students attending college and university this fall would be the first to benefit from the new OSAP and OSAP application for the 2018-19 school year will open on November 8, 2017.
Another innovative feature reported by Ontario is its partnership with eCampusOntario to develop and provide free and low-cost digital textbooks to students.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj