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Ontario University Qualifies for Tuition Grant

Advocacy efforts for Redeemer University College’s inclusion in Ontario’s grant program have paid off. Redeemer’s president Hubert Krygsman announced this past week that Redeemer students are now eligible to receive the 30 percent off Ontario Tuition Grant (OTG) through the province’s student assistance program. The school, located in Ancaster, Ontario, provides a Christ-centered undergraduate education to over 900 students each year.

Initiated in March 2012, the grant was only available to those attending public post-secondary institutions. Now, two years later, eligibility for the grant has been extended to students attending all post-secondary institutions that are approved for OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program). Ontario’s minister of training, universities, and colleges Brad Duguid and Ancaster Member of Provincial Parliament Ted McMeekin both worked on behalf of Redeemer to expand this grant to include private institutions.

The grant is now available to full-time students in Ontario at post-secondary institutions who have graduated high school within the past five years if they meet residency, family income, and age criteria. With Redeemer tuition currently at $14,720 per year, the grant will help make tuition more affordable for students.

Krygsman is very pleased with this change in Ontario’s requirements, not only for improved tuition costs for many students but also for the increasing recognition of Redeemer University College’s status as a post-secondary institution in Ontario.

On behalf of the Redeemer community, Krygsman praised God “for blessing the efforts to see this change implemented.”

About the Author

Krista Dam-Vandekuyt is a freelance news correspondent for The Banner. She lives in Jerseyville, Ontario.

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This is a very significant development, which has the potential to significantly strengthen Christian higher education in Ontario.

It is good to see a private college stand up to a government that otherwise would irrationally and unjustly discriminate against those who are up front about their religious perspective and understand what it really means to have a religious perspective.  A good day in Ontario for political liberty.

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