New Grant Helps Students Pay For Books, Computers



    McGuinty Government Improving Access To Higher Education

    TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    More than 500,000 full-time community college and university students can
now access a new, annual grant to help pay for their books and computer costs.
    The $150 Textbook and Technology Grant is now available to full-time
students attending an eligible postsecondary institution
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/click.cgi?id=a9a28fe09ce6f2e) this year. The
amount of the annual grant will increase to $300 a year when fully
implemented.
    Students receiving OSAP do not need to apply for the grant. Full-time
students not receiving OSAP can apply for the grant online at ontario.ca/OSAP
(https://osap.gov.on.ca).
    The Textbook and Technology Grant is part of the government's five-point
plan to invest in the skills and education of its people.

    QUOTES

    "Today's students will build tomorrow's knowledge economy, so we want to
do everything we can to make sure students get the support they need to
succeed," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities John Milloy
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html).

    "We are pleased with the McGuinty government's continuing support for
students," said Linda Franklin, president and CEO of Colleges Ontario.
"College graduates play an essential part in Ontario's economy and the
province's support for students helps ensure college education is accessible."

    "With this grant, the Ontario government again demonstrates its keen
commitment to higher education by helping students secure the basic tools -
books and computers - that will help them to pursue and realize academic
success," said Dr. Paul Genest, president of the Council of Ontario
Universities. "Premier McGuinty and his government continue to provide strong
leadership in advancing the aspirations of students and our university system,
so essential to the long-term prosperity of Ontarians and the vibrancy of our
society."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   This funding is part of the government's three-year, $1.5-billion
        Skills to Jobs Action Plan.

    -   100,000 more students are attending college or university in Ontario
        today compared to five years ago.

    -   The Textbook and Technology Grant builds on the success of the
        government's Reaching Higher Plan. Through Reaching Higher, the
        government is doubling its student aid investment, with $358 million
        in new investments by 2010.

    LEARN MORE

    Find out more about Ontario's colleges
    (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/college.html) and
    universities (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/postsec/univers.html).

    See how Ontario supports students
    (http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/students/financing.html) who need
    financial help.

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                           HELPING STUDENTS SUCCEED
    

    The Ontario government is working to ensure postsecondary students get
the support they need to succeed. The annual Textbook and Technology Grant
will help full-time community college and university students in Ontario pay
for books and computer costs.
    The $150 Textbook and Technology Grant is now available to full-time
students attending an eligible postsecondary institution
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/click.cgi?id=a9a28fe09ce6f2e) this year. The
amount of the annual grant will increase to $300 a year when fully
implemented.
    Students who receive OSAP do not need to apply for the grant. Full-time
students not receiving OSAP can apply for the grant online at ontario.ca/OSAP
(https://osap.gov.on.ca).

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

    To receive the Textbook and Technology Grant, students must be enrolled
full-time at a provincially-funded college or university in Ontario. Students
are considered to be full-time if they are enrolled in a minimum of
60 per cent of a full course load, or 40 per cent for students with a
permanent disability. To be eligible, a student must also be a Canadian
citizen, a permanent resident of Canada, or a protected person.
    For more information about the Textbook and Technology Grant, visit
ontario.ca/OSAP (http://osap.gov.on.ca) or call the Ontario government's
toll-free help-line at 1-877-884-4310.

    INVESTING IN STUDENTS' FUTURES

    The Textbook and Technology Grant is part of the Ontario government's
three-year, $1.5-billion Skills to Jobs Action Plan. This plan includes:

    
    -   $465 million over three years to provide more support for students
    -   $560 million over three years to expand and improve training and
        apprenticeship programs across the province
    -   $200 million to maintain and upgrade university facilities.

    These investments build on the government's Reaching Higher Plan - an
historic $6.2-billion investment in postsecondary education. This plan
includes:

    -   A doubling of the government's student aid investment, with
        $358 million in new investments by 2010
    -   Programs that offer students who receive government loans of more
        than $7,000 annually the opportunity to have the excess amount
        forgiven
    -   An increase in book and supply allowances for the first time since
        the 1980s.

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               INVESTING IN PEOPLE, STRENGTHENING THE ECONOMY
    

    A highly skilled workforce is the key to Ontario's success in today's
competitive global economy. Investing in the skills and knowledge of people is
one of the cornerstones of Ontario's economic plan.
    By supporting students, by training today's workers for tomorrow's jobs,
and by expanding and building places where students learn, the government is
strengthening the province and building prosperity for Ontario families.
    The following are some of Ontario's key skills and knowledge investments.

    SUPPORTING STUDENTS

    Textbook and Technology Grant

    This $150 annual grant will help full-time community college and
university students pay for books and computer costs. The amount of the annual
grant will increase to $300 a year when fully implemented.

    Distance Grant

    Ontario is investing $27 million over three years to help students in
rural and remote areas who live more than 80 kilometres away from a college or
university. Eligible students who go away to school will get a $300 annual
grant to help them return home for visits with family. Eligible students who
live at home and commute to school will get $500 each semester.

    First Generation Outreach

    Ontario is investing $30 million over three years in First Generation
initiatives that support students who are the first in their family to attend
college or university. The investment includes bursaries for students in need,
as well as support for services such as mentoring and tutoring at colleges and
universities.

    Reaching Higher Student Support Initiatives

    Through Ontario's Reaching Higher Plan, the government is doubling its
student aid investment, with $358 million in new investments by 2010. The plan
also includes an increase to book and supply allowances as well as programs
offering students who receive government loans of more than $7,000 annually
the opportunity to have the excess amount forgiven.

    BUILDING OPPORTUNITY

    Second Career

    Ontario is investing $355 million over three years to help 20,000
recently laid off unemployed workers get long-term training for new careers.
Participants will receive up to $28,000 to help pay for tuition, books, school
supplies and living expenses for training programs lasting six months to two
years, with an additional year possible for academic upgrading.

    Apprenticeship Expansion and Enhancement

    Ontario is investing $75 million over three years to help increase the
number of new registrants in the skilled trades to 32,500 annually - a
25 per cent increase - by 2012. The government is also investing $40 million
over three years to purchase state-of-the-art training equipment through the
Apprenticeship Enhancement Fund.

    Research Internships

    Ontario is investing $17 million over four years to help create 1,750
internship opportunities for graduate students. The internships will be
provided through the Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems
organization. The non-profit group connects students to research internship
opportunities across all disciplines, including science and engineering,
health and life sciences, arts and social sciences and business.

    BUILDING PLACES TO LEARN

    Strategic Skills Training Centres

    Ontario is investing $200 million to expand skills training centres at
colleges and facilities across the province. The funding will support new
construction and renovation projects, as well as the purchase of new
equipment. These projects will create construction jobs in the short-term and
help students develop the skills they need to work in the high-demand skilled
trades in the future.

    University and College Facilities

    Ontario is investing $200 million to maintain and upgrade university
facilities so students can learn in high-quality classrooms. The government
will also invest $60 million over three years to upgrade college equipment so
students can learn the latest techniques with modern tools and resources.

    School of Global Research

    Ontario is investing $25 million in a new School of International Studies
at the University of Toronto. Researchers, faculty and students at the new
school will investigate global economic trends, build relationships with
partners around the world in business, government and academia, and develop
innovative policy ideas that will help Ontario attract jobs and investment.

    Ontario will continue to work to ensure Ontarians remain among the most
educated and highly-skilled people in the world. Investing in the skills and
knowledge of Ontarians will give the province a competitive advantage in the
new global economy and ensure that Ontarians' quality of life is second to
none.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Greg Flood, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746

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