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Students can now apply for Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) three months earlier

OSAP applications will now be available in February instead of May. In addition, Ontario is putting applications for part-time students on a brand-new OSAP website. These changes will help students plan their budgets earlier and better understand the various types of financial assistance available.

Other recent changes to Ontario’s student aid program are helping students graduate with less debt by:

• Providing more assistance for tuition, living costs, books, supplies and equipment.

• Allowing students to keep more of the money they earn from part-time jobs.

• Providing a no-interest no-payment period on student loans for six months after graduation.

• Providing additional support for married students and students with children.

• Introducing a new grant for part-time students.

• Offering students more flexibility on repayment.

“Our government is committed to ensuring every qualified Ontarian who wants to go to college or university will find a place,” said John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Posted: Mar 4, 2011

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