5 ways to help pay for college (besides OSAP)


With changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), we asked current George Brown College students for their advice about how to help pay for college outside of financial aid from the government. We put a call out for their #NuggetsofWisdom on Instagram. We received a lot of submissions, but the following tips came up most often: 

  1. Part-time jobs – a lot of students rely on part-time jobs in order to save money for college. A few suggested serving jobs since you get tips on top of your wage. For on-campus jobs, students mentioned the Work Study program where they can work up to 15 hours a week for minimum wage. Students can find job postings on the GBCareers Open New Browser Window website.

  2. Support from family – some students said their parents contributed money to their studies or had put money away in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP).

  3. Summer jobs – while students may be limited to working part-time hours during the school year, many said they work full-time during the summer months and save as much as they can.

  4. Scholarships and bursaries – students can apply for George Brown scholarships and bursaries through their STU-VIEW Open New Browser Window accounts. Eligibility is based on things like academic achievement, financial need, and community involvement. Check out this guide for applying to scholarships. International students can find out about international eligible scholarships.

  5. Saving and budgeting – the suggestion of creating a budget came up a few times in the responses. It can be difficult, but if you manage to stick to a budget, you can definitely save some money. 

Check out our Instagram story Open New Browser Window in full to see all suggestions. 

Read our Step-by-Step Guide to Paying for College for more resources.