Prov­ince opens OSAP early

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On­tario stu­dents can ap­ply for fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance for the up­com­ing school year start­ing now as the gov­ern­ment opens the ap­pli­ca­tion win­dow four months early.

Pre­mier Kath­leen Wynne an­nounced the changes to the On­tario Stu­dent As­sis­tance Pro­gram today that will al­low stu­dents to ap­ply for as­sis­tance for the 201819 school year.

The gov­ern­ment says it opened the win­dow early to give stu­dents more time to as­sess their fi­nan­cial op­tions be­fore ap­ply­ing to a col­lege or uni­ver­sity.

The Lib­eral gov­ern­ment an­nounced changes to the pro­gram in last year’s bud­get that give a com­bi­na­tion of grants and loans that makes tu­ition free for some stu­dents.

Wynne says more than 210,000 full time uni­ver­sity and col­lege stu­dents are re­ceiv­ing free tu­ition this year.

The gov­ern­ment says OSAP ap­pli­ca­tions were up by 20 per cent in 2017-18.

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