Pay for Post-secondary School

Can I apply for OSAP as a refugee?

One of the main sources of post-secondary financial assistance is OSAP – the Ontario Student Assistance Program.

In 2003, the Canadian law changed allowing convention refugee students and all protected persons in Canada, eligible to apply for Canadian Student Loans.

Protected persons and refugees are those who have been legally recognized by the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) and who have a Letter of Determination from the IRB or from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

Find a Job and Pay for Your School

Pay for your Post-Secondary Education while Working

Need help paying for your school? A great way to pay for tuition, books and transportation for school is working part-time while studying. It is a great way to make money, meet new people and gain valuable experience when you graduate. Paying for your post-secondary education can be a rewarding expereince.

In order to find a job in Ontario, you will need a number of things:

What are scholarships, grants and bursaries?

Paying for post-secondary education can be expensive. Government loans such as OSAP (The Ontario Student Assistance Program) are helpful but will leave you with debt. There are other ways to pay for school.

If you get high grades or demonstrate financial need, you may qualify for scholarships, grants and bursaries. These are money gifts from your school, government organizations, private donors and individuals that you do not have to pay back

What is OSAP?

Do you want to go to college or university but can’t afford to pay for it? Think about applying for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).

OSAP offers financial aid to eligible students who want to attend public or private post-secondary school. OSAP can fund your education through:

  • Grants: money you don't have to pay back
  • Loans: money you have to pay back, with interest, after you graduate

You’re automatically considered for both grants and loans when you apply for OSAP, but you have the option of declining the loan.

Should I Work While Studying?

If you’re a university or college student, one thing is for sure: you’re pretty busy these days! Between class time, assignments, spending time with your friends and grocery shopping and cleaning (especially if you’re living on your own) you’ve got a ton going on. Still, even though studying is your top priority, there are some good reasons to push yourself a little harder and take on a part-time job.