SRDC has launched a new pilot project to test an innovative program called Life After High School in Ontario. Starting in October 2011, this program will provide Grade 12 students at selected Ontario secondary schools with practical support applying for post-secondary education and financial aid. In three on-line facilitated workshops, students will be guided through the process of selecting a post-secondary program of their choice, applying for a place in that program, and applying for financial aid. The application fee of either the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) or the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) will be covered by the program.
This research project seeks to learn whether supporting all Grade 12 students at a school in making real applications for post-secondary studies and financial aid increases later enrolment in further education. SRDC and Professor Phil Oreopoulos of the University of Toronto are developing and testing the Ontario program. Both have been involved in testing a similar project this year in British Columbia.
In Ontario, Life After High School is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU), in collaboration with the Ontario Ministry of Education.
Read more about Life After High School.
Read the announcement from The Honourable John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.