Tips and Tools for Applying for a Postsecondary Education


Tips and Tools for Applying for a Postsecondary Education – Ontario Government Helping Students Succeed.

As university and college application deadlines approach, Ontario is offering students valuable tips on how to apply and reminding them of the programs and resources that can help them save money.

Students should follow these tips when applying for college or university:

  • Before you apply, research the background, trends and outlooks for common Ontario occupations so you can make an informed decision about your education and future career.
  • Talk with people in the program or profession that interests you.
  • Review the admission requirements to make sure you meet them before you apply.
  • Be aware of your deadlines — they are different for college and university, and many vary from school to school.
  • If you’re applying to a high-demand program, you may increase your chances of getting accepted if you send in your application early.
  • If you need OSAP or other forms of financial assistance, apply in advance to ensure your funding arrives when you need it. Students in special circumstances may be eligible for additional funding support.

Providing access to affordable, high-quality postsecondary education that equips students with the skills they need to succeed is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic business climate.

Quick Facts

  • Through the 30% Off Ontario Tuition Grant program, eligible students can save between $790 and $1,730 per year on tuition. If you apply for OSAP, you’re automatically considered.
  • More than 555,000 full-time students were enrolled at Ontario colleges and universities last year — 161,000 more than in 2002-03.
  • Ontario has increased investment in publicly-funded colleges and universities by $2.2 billion or 80 per cent since 2002-03.


30% Off Ontario Tuition

Money you don’t have to repay for students entering a public college or university from high school. If you’ve already applied for OSAP, you’ll be automatically considered for the 30% off tuition grant, too! For the 2013-2014 academic year:

$1730 for university and college degree students

$790 for college diploma and certificate students

Find out if you’re eligible with the 30off quiz.

Am I eligible?

You could be eligible for 30% off tuition, if:

  • you’re a full-time student at a public college or university in Ontario
  • you’ve been out of high school for less than four years (or less than 6 years if you’re a student with a permanent disability)
  • you’re in a program you can apply to directly from high school (e.g., undergraduate level)
  • you meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • your parents’ gross income (total before taxes) is $160,000 or less

For more information or to apply online go to

Source: Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, January 6, 2014

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