Government Financial Aid
Canada Student Loans, Grants, Bursaries and Scholarships are open to all Canadians.
Those who are a Canadian citizen and an Ontario resident for at least 12 months could be eligible for OSAP (the Ontario Student Assistance Program) and other financial aid programs.
Canadian students living outside of Ontario can also apply for financial aid through their home province or territory.
International students can apply for scholarships offered through the federal government, community agencies and colleges and universities directly.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) offers two kinds of money:
Both the Ontario government and the federal government provide this money.
Through one OSAP application, students have access to a mix of different financial aid programs, depending on their circumstances.
Students can get OSAP to attend a public or private postsecondary school located anywhere in the world, as long as it’s approved for OSAP.
There are different OSAP aid programs – grants, scholarships, bursaries and loans. OSAP considers students for all programs when they apply online as a full-time or part-time student.
OSAP is open to Ontario residents who are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person. When determining if someone is eligible, the government considers:
The Bursary for Students with Disabilities provides financial assistance for educational-related costs associated with a permanent disability. Funding could be granted for services and equipment such as tutoring, Learning Disability Assessments, and specialized equipment, including computer hardware/software.
The Ontario Special Bursary Program (OSBP) is a student financial aid program that offers bursary assistance to help cover educational costs. Students are eligible for such assistance if they are taking postsecondary courses on a part-time basis because they are unable to attend school full time and they have a low family income. Students may also be eligible to receive a bursary if they have a low family income and are taking postsecondary courses on a full- or a part-time basis to upgrade their academic skills. The bursary does not have to be repaid if students complete the course(s) in which they registered.
First generation bursary provides monies for postsecondary students with demonstrated financial need. A first generation student is defined as a student whose parents have not participated in postsecondary studies.
For more specific information, please visit the following OSAP websites: https://osap.gov.on.ca/
The Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Studies is a government grant available to those enrolled in a part-time program that is at least 12 weeks long within a 15-week period. Students can get this grant for each year of their studies (including undergraduate and graduate levels) as long as they still qualify.
Students could be eligible for this grant if they apply and:
Apprentices can receive up to $6,000 in grants to pay tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses. http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/apprenticeship/index.shtml
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year/level, up to a maximum of $2,000. This grant helps registered apprentices in designated Red Seal trades get started. Please consult the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) program page for more information.
The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a taxable cash grant of $2,000. This grant helps registered apprentices who have completed their training become certified journeypersons in designated Red Seal trades. Please consult the Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) program page for more information.