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Students can now apply for OSAP as process opens four months early

The Ontario government says OSAP applications were up by 20 per cent in 2017-18.

Warsame Mohamed, a player on the Ryerson Rams basketball team, helps move students into the dorms in August 2016.

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Warsame Mohamed, a player on the Ryerson Rams basketball team, helps move students into the dorms in August 2016.

Ontario students can apply for financial assistance for the upcoming school year starting today as the government opens the application window four months early.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the changes to the Ontario Student Assistance Program today that will allow students to apply for assistance for the 2018-19 school year.

The government says it opened the window early to give students more time to assess their financial options before applying to a college or university.

The Liberal government announced changes to the program in last year's budget that give a combination of grants and loans that makes tuition free for some students.

Wynne says more than 210,000 full time university and college students are receiving free tuition this year.

The government says OSAP applications were up by 20 per cent in 2017-18.

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