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Where can I find money to pay for school?
Do you want to apply for college but are worried how you'll pay for it? Have you been accepted to George Brown but haven’t confirmed your offer yet due to your financial situation?
You have options. Check out our tips on how to bust financial barriers to study at George Brown and reach your goals
How to Pay for College
- George Brown Awards & Scholarships
- External Awards & Scholarships
- Find out how OSAP works
- Loyalty Points
- Other things you can do
George Brown Awards & Scholarships
Every year George Brown College gives approximately $7.9 million in awards to around 6,000 students in the form of scholarships, bursaries and awards. One of those students could be YOU!
Don’t worry if you’re also receiving OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) funds — you can still apply for George Brown awards.
Watch the video for details on different types of awards and tips on how to prepare to apply.
External Awards & Scholarships
There are a lot of people who want to help you succeed. Every year organizations, including companies, clubs and associations, distribute student awards. These groups provide funding based on their own sets of criteria that can include financial need, academic standing and others. Awards also exist for students with disabilities or exceptionalities.
Watch the video for details.
Find out how OSAP works
In the 2017/18 school year OSAP provided nearly $135 million in funding.
OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) is a combination of federal and provincial funds in the form of loans and grants. The loan portion must be paid back, but not the grant.
There are criteria you must meet to be eligible for OSAP. You may also be eligible to receive extra support through OSAP’s Student Access Guarantee.
Watch the video for details.
Did you know Aeroplan, TD Bank or CIBC loyalty points can be turned into funds you can use on campus? You can ask family and friends to donate their points to help support your studies.
Visit HigherEdPoints.com to create an account and turn the points into cash.
Other things you can do
Here are a few other options to consider when saving for college:
- A summer job can help. Employers are being subsidized up to 100 per cent for the Canada Summer Student Program through to February 28, 2021.
- When our campuses reopen, you can apply for a part-time job. Learn about George Brown’s Work Study Program.
Ask family, friends and community for help
- Rethink gifts. Ask for cash instead of gifts on birthdays, holidays and other special occasions.
- Consider starting a crowd funding page. Ask friends and family to support your education savings goal.
Talk to your bank
- Find out if your bank offers student loans and/or lines of credit.
Why this is a great time to invest in your education
George Brown College can help you prepare for your dream job now. COVID-19 means we’re doing things differently for the fall term but we continue to offer the high-quality and career-focused programs and services you expect from us.
We also know COVID-19 created increased financial pressures. Consider the following when deciding on your next steps:
College is a great value
- Earn a two-year diploma and graduate into the workforce. In 2018/19, 84 per cent of George Brown grads were employed within six months.**
There are many ways to help pay for college
- Talk to a George Brown Financial Assistance specialist to build a personalized solution.
- Explore traditional and non-traditional ways to save for college (see tabs above).
Remote learning can result in some reduced expenses
- Students will save money on commuting expenses, and possibly in other ways (takeout coffees and snacks).
**Source: 2018/19 Colleges Ontario Key Performance Indicators