OSAP & Free Tuition
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a mix of grants and loans to help you pay for your postsecondary studies. Recently, changes have been made to OSAP as Ontario has bundled many existing provincial OSAP grants into a single Ontario Student Grant. The changes will make average college and university tuition free for the majority of eligible students whose family income is under $50,000 per year.
There are also changes to OSAP grants and loans available to middle income families. There will be some additional costs such as ancillary fees, books, supplies and healthcare that you’ll need to cover, even if you’re eligible to receive free tuition under the OSAP program.
You can apply for OSAP at the same time as you apply for your program. It’s important to start your OSAP application early because the sooner you apply, the sooner you can find out how much aid you may be able to get. For details, visit ontario.ca/osap
Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards
Each year, Seneca offers millions of dollars in scholarships, bursaries and other awards.
Bursaries are based on student financial need. For example, first-year students who qualify for Tuition Assistance Bursaries may be eligible for up to $2,000 in tuition assistance toward a degree or $1,000 toward a diploma or certificate.
Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement. Students entering any of our degree programs may be eligible for a Renewable Degree Scholarship of up to $1,000 per year based on academic achievement in Grade 12 or in a previous college or university program.
Some awards are open to all students while other awards are offered only to students in specific programs.
Seneca has a convenient online application where you can apply for our entrance awards and bursaries. It’s a good idea to apply early for Seneca awards so you have the most up-to-date financial information when you confirm your program of study.
Seneca’s Campaign for Students
Seneca’s annual employee giving appeal, Campaign for Students, raises funds for various scholarships and bursaries to support Seneca students. The 2018 campaign raised almost $175,000. In addition, the Seneca Student Federation made a $100,000 donation to the campaign, almost doubling the impact of our efforts. Together, we’re helping students pay for school and reach their academic goals.
Work Study Program
You can help finance your studies by working at a part-time job on campus at Seneca. If you’re enrolled full time for the term and demonstrate financial need on your Work Study application, you may qualify for the Work Study program.
Your Postsecondary Budget
There are many costs to consider as you prepare for your studies so it’s a good idea to prepare a budget for the year. The costs will vary for each student, depending on your program of study. Some things to consider are tuition fees, books and supplies, parking and transportation, housing or residence and food and living expenses.
For information on tuition fees, book and supply costs, visit: senecacollege.ca/registrar/fees