Ontarians, you are in luck! If you’re planning to pursue a post-secondary degree, you can not only make use of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) but also Student Access Guarantee (SAG) to fund your education.
By applying for SAG, you can receive additional funding on top of the OSAP amount to help you get closer to fulfilling your educational dreams.
The Student Access Guarantee is a joint program between the ministry of Ontario and its public universities and colleges. This program aims to ensure that lack of finances doesn’t get in the way of your education. It’s a great initiative on the part of the provincial government in ensuring that students get access to quality education.
Let’s talk details so you get a fair idea of what this program is all about!
Wondering if you qualify for the Student Access Guarantee? Check the details of the eligibility criteria below –
Note – If you plan to attend college straight after high school, you would be considered eligible for this program. Although your eligibility will be determined by your full-time OSAP application. On the other hand, if you’re starting a graduate program or a vocational course such as medicine, business, law etc., you can apply via the financial aid office of the school you’re studying in.
Bear in mind that to apply for the Student Access Guarantee, you must apply to and accept OSAP first.
When it comes to the rules of application for this program, they are very uncomplicated. You just need to stick to the guidelines –
Please note, schools and universities might have their own application rules, so it’s best to get in touch with the financial aid counsellor of the school you’re studying in. Also, be sure to check the application dates so you can submit yours in time.
The Student Access Guarantee helps you pay for tuition fees, books, mandatory fees and other related student expenses beyond what OSAP can provide. In most cases, the OSAP will cover your costs. However, in the off chance it doesn’t, you have the SAG to fall back on provided your application passes through.
As for how much you can get, there is no fixed amount. The financial aid you get will be decided after reviewing your application to see how much extra funding you need to cover your education expenses. The Student Access Guarantee will be rolled out to you in the form of bursaries, scholarships, summer employment or work-study programs as well as a referral to another line of credit that can help you meet all your expenses.
It can be daunting to pursue higher education due to the fear of the financial burden it can put on you and your family. However, there is nothing to worry about as there are plenty of student aid options available in Ontario. In case you don’t qualify for the SAG, you can try other funding options such as Ontario Bursaries, Scholarships and Other Grants for Students in Special Circumstances.