The Ontario Tuition Grant (OTG)
As of January 2012, the Ontario government introduced a new tuition grant to help offset tuition costs for dependent, full-time undergraduate students in Ontario.
Below is a list of questions and answers about the implementation of the program.
NOTE: As the final details for 2012-2013 academic year are yet to be confirmed, this information is subject to change.
Q: Who is eligible?
A: The OTG is likely to be available to students who are:
- Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or have protected person status*
- Ontario resident (the definition of Ontario resident is yet to be specified)*
- Registered as full time students (students with disabilities studying at 0.4 of a full course load or more will be considered full-time, as is the current case with OSAP)
- Registered in direct entry undergraduate programs (excludes second-entry programs such as Education, Law and Medicine)
- Entering Post Secondary Education studies within 4 years of completing secondary school
- From a family with a combined parental income before taxes of less than $160,000.
*International and out-of-province students are not eligible for the OTG.
Q: When will the OTG be implemented and how much is it worth?
A: The approach to implementation will be in two phases
- The first phase for the 2011-12 academic year will deliver a 50% benefit ($800 per student) commencing in January 2012, and will be administered by Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU).
- Full implementation of the program delivering 100% of the benefit ($1,600 per student) will begin in 2012-13 and will be administered by universities.
Q: How to apply for the OTG?
A: 2011-12 Academic year:
- Students currently receiving grants or loans through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will be automatically assessed for the benefit
- Students who are not currently receiving OSAP must apply online for the benefit.
2012-13 and future years
Once the January 2012 implementation is underway, more details will be provided in regards to the administration of the OTG in 2012-13 and future years.