Ontario Makes Changes To Two Student Grant Programs

    McGuinty Government Continues To Protect Access To Higher Education

    TORONTO, May 1 /CNW/ -


    Changes to Ontario's Textbook and Technology Grant and Distance Grants
will ensure they remain available to students who are most in need of
financial help, while controlling expenditures in a balanced way during
challenging economic times.
    Starting in the 2009-10 academic year, these grants will be available
only to full-time students qualifying for OSAP who are attending a
provincially-funded college or university in Ontario.
    The Textbook and Technology Grant helps students pay for textbooks and
computer costs. The grant is $150 per academic year. The Distance Grants help
students who must travel long distances to attend a college or university. 
Students can receive up to $500 per term through Distance Grants.
    These changes are part of the government's 2009 Budget commitment to
control expenditures in a balanced and comprehensive way while protecting
services and delivering services more efficiently.


    "While we are in difficult economic times, our government has not lost
sight of the vital importance of continuing to invest in the skills and
knowledge of our people," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
John Milloy. "By continuing to support students who have the greatest
financial need, we can help them pursue higher education, strengthening our
workforce and our economy."


    -   Students who do not qualify for OSAP are still eligible to receive a
        Textbook and Technology Grant or a Distance Grant if their program
        begins before August 1, 2009.

    -   100,000 more students are attending college or university in Ontario
        today compared to 2003.

    -   One in four, or about 120,000 students in Ontario, is receiving a
        non-repayable grant.


    Students who want to find out more about the Textbook and Technology
Grant and the Distance Grants can visit ontario.ca/OSAP

    Find out more about Ontario's colleges and universities

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

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For further information:

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

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