ONTARIO STUDENT ASSISTANCE
assists qualifying full-time and part-time students in need of financial
aid. It takes into account both educational costs and resources avail-able
to the student and is intended to supplement, rather than replace, the
financial resources of the student and family.
must meet certain citizenship, residence and program requirements. Early
application is urged - processing time for applications at the Student
Support Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities is four to six weeks.
are usually available from secondary schools and colleges in late April or
early May. An application fee of $10 will apply for students filing a
paper application for financial assistance. There will be no charge for
applications filed through the OSAP website (http://osap.gov.on.ca).The
difference reflects the higher cost of processing paper applications.
require information regarding your OSAP application processing, you can
contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities' Integrated
Voice Response at 1-900-565-OSAP (6727). You will be charged $2.00 for
each call. You can also use the OSAP website at http://osap.gov.on.ca to
apply online and to check the status of your application.
HELP FOR STUDENTS IN FINANCIAL
Government of Ontario has negotiated with the Canada Millennium
Scholarship Foundation to provide approximately $113 million to more than
35,000 students per year. There are two classes of awards: General Awards,
accounting for 95% of the funding, based on financial need and merit, for
students pursuing full-time undergraduate studies at public and private
postsecondary institutions, and Exceptional Merit Awards, accounting for
the remaining 5% of funding, available on the basis of academic merit to
students in their final year of high school. The first awards will be
granted in January of 2000.
the Government of Ontario will provide financial assistance through other
programs such as:
Access to Opportunities Program ($150M over 3 years, 16,000 new
spaces in high-demand engineering and computer science programs)
Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund ($600M in permanent
endowments to provide additional funding for student assistance)
Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology ($50M over 10
years plus $25M from the private sector)
starting in September 2000, new Aiming for the Top tuition
scholarships will help students who earn top marks but require
financial assistance to attend college or university ($35M to 10,000
students in awards of up to $3,500 per year for up to four years)
PRIZES, BURSARIES AND
definitions of these terms please see the glossary. For more information
on prizes, scholarships and bursaries offered by an individual college,
please contact that college's Financial Aid Office.