While the cost of university can be high, there are resources that can help. For example, most provincial governments have loan programs. Along with the Canada Student Loan Program, provincial loan programs can help Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents with the cost of post-secondary studies. The loans are interest-free as long as you are enrolled in full-time studies.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) provides loans to Ontario residents. For more information, watch this webinar: Government Student Loans and Grants Orientation.
OSAP's application is available online. Returning students should apply for the fall term by the end of May. New students should apply by mid-June.
Out-of-Province (OOP) Request Portal
The University Registrar's Office has launched the Out-of-Province Request Portal for out-of-province U of T students. Through the new portal, students may:
- Submit government student funding forms that require completion (i.e., Program Information Form, Quebec Form 1121).
- View the status of requests.
- Receive important notifications and communication updates regarding requests.
The OOP Request Portal replaces the old process that required students to submit forms via email.
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The National Student Loans Service Centre is now on YouTube. Check out their channel for more information on the support they offer borrowers throughout their student loan experience.
University of Toronto Advance Planning for Students (UTAPS)
U of T is committed to ensuring no student admitted to a program at the University is unable to enrol or complete their program because of financial difficulties.
To help fulfil this commitment, the University provides assistance in the form of non-repayable grants. However, the University expects students to apply for government aid options first. To find out more about UTAPS eligibility requirements, visit University Registrar's Office.
If you are a full-time engineering student who received OSAP, out-of-province government funding or First Nations band funding, you will need to apply to be considered for UTAPS. Visit the University Registrar's Office for updated information on the application process.
Important note: For the 2023-2024 academic year, changes are being made to the UTAPS application process for all students that are receiving government aid, including OSAP. Please check back in mid-June for updates on this.
Should you find yourself in financial need, have not received adequate government funding and you have not heard from UTAPS, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have exhausted all other means of support and still find yourself in financial difficulty, the Faculty can provide financial assistance in the form of a grant. Faculty grants do not replace OSAP or UTAPS. The grants help alleviate temporary financial setbacks. If you are not eligible for OSAP and/or other provincial government assistance, you may still submit a Faculty grant application. The application is available in ACORN under the finance section.
As the University is a publicly-funded institution, it cannot offer financial aid to international students. However, U of T does have grants for international students to help cover emergency situations. The grants are primarily intended for students in their third or fourth year of studies.
To apply, please complete the form in the University of Toronto Undergraduate Grant Application Portal and make an appointment to speak with Assistant Registrar, Scholarships & Financial Aid to discuss your application.