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Centre Youville Centre
Ottawa-Carleton Inc.
150 Mann Avenue
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 8P4

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613-231-5150 ext. 117

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Youville Centre


Going to College

There are 24 different publicly funded colleges in Ontario
Colleges offer 2 or 3 year diplomas and less lengthy certificate programs (often less than 1 year)
4 General Areas of Study: Applied Arts, Business, Technology, Health Science
Nature of Studies: Work and job oriented focus on application and skills, 30-50% practical, hands-on work, often leads to specific occupations
High School Requirements (minimum): Diploma including grade 12 College-level English, often grade 12 Math is required for Business and Technology
Cost per Year (8 months): Varies greatly between programs and institutions. Check course calendars. Go to open house and information sessions at the colleges. Check their websites for most current information.

If college is the path for you, there are some things you need to know to get through the application process.

Approximate Schedule of dates for admission to an Ontario College

October- December
Ontario College Guides are distributing to all college applicants. Become familiar with This is the on-line application site. You will need your Ontario Education Number (OEN) from a report card or a credit counselling summary to set up your login and password.

December 19
It is recommended that you apply to OCAS by this date, as the following 6 weeks are very busy with holidays, culminating activities, exams and any snow days.

February 2
Deadline for students to submit online applications to OCAS for equal consideration. Any applications after this date will be put at the bottom of the list.

May 2
Students must confirm their acceptance of an offer of admission to their chosen program through by this date. If you receive a late offer, be sure to check your offer later for acceptance date.

June 1
Online OSAP applications available.

June 15
Earliest dates that colleges may require tuition payments.

Important Notes to Consider:
Be sure you are eligible and have the correct admission requirements for the program you are considering. This information is available in the individual college calendars located on college websites.
Select the programs and colleges to which you will apply. You may apply to a maximum of five with no more then three choices at any one college.
Complete the application process on There is an application processing fee, payable by credit card, money order or certified cheque.

1) Once you have been accepted by a university or college you should contact and register at their Disability Services Office (each institution may have a different name than this one for their office that deals with students with disabilities).

2) They will require: 1) a copy of your 09/10 IEP (a copy was sent home in the fall **please make sure this is the copy with the principal's signature as some of the students had updates to their IEP's through the year) as well as 2) a psycho-educational assessment (or a Physician for certain medical conditions) that has been carried out within the past 3-5 years (for college, they may not require a Psych. Ed assessment). ***See point #3 below for a suggestion to cover the cost of a new assessment***

3) Apply for an OSAP loan (can be done online at starting in May - OSAP qualification notices get sent out starting on June 1). If you qualify for OSAP, even if you don't take it, you can then apply for a bursary (for up to $1800) that can be used for various costs related to your IEP (ex. an updated Psych Ed. Assessment or for assistive technology). **There is a section on the OSAP application to check off to indicate you have a 'permanent disability', such as a Learning Disability or Visual Disability.

4) Universities would prefer that your Psych. Ed. assessment is up to date before you get to school in September so that everything is in place when school begins. If you have an assessment done within the six months before the start of the term, the bursary (see point #3) can be used for reimbursement of the assessment cost. However, to do so, you must present a bill from the Psychologist showing the cost of this service.

5) When you meet with a counsellor at the Disability Services Office, s/he will let you know what learning accommodations can be provided for you (ex. writing exams in alternate locations and with longer time limits). You should arrange to meet with a counsellor well before school starts so that any accommodations you need are in place before school starts in September.

6) Once you start your classes you should approach each of your professors to introduce yourself to let them know you are registered with the Disability Services Office as well as telling them what accommodations you will need in their class.

7) Many professors provide their lecture notes on a website or blackboard, thereby making it easier for students with difficulties to take notes. If you feel that tape recording lectures instead would be more helpful to you, you should approach your professors to ask for permission to do so.

8) Most universities/colleges have computer labs that are equipped with assistive technology such QS Kurzweil and Dragon Naturally Speaking (text to voice and voice to text software). Many also have a loaning library for assistive technology (ex. laptop with Dragon software installed.

College Websites of Local Interest: - Links to all Ontario Colleges, use the program locator, download colleges handbooks. This is the site where you actually apply to colleges. Be sure to have your OEN number. - Ontario College and University Transfer Guide providing transfer agreements between colleges and universities.

Algonquin College:
1385 Woodroffe Avenue,
Ottawa, ON
K2G 1V8
Applicants who have not obtained an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, and who will be nineteen (19) years of age by the program start date may be considered for admission to the College as mature students.

Algonquin will help you with the first step in applying for admission:
For advice on:
How to get accepted into the college program of your choice
How to become college eligible
How to obtain college prerequisites

Contact them for a FREE consultation:
613-727-4723 ext. 5722
Toll Free: 1-800-565-4723 ext. 5722
Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
1385 Woodroffe Avenue
J - Building, Room J205

Financing College:

OSAP-Ontario Student Assistance Program

OSAP is a program run by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and funded by the provincial and federal governments.
OSAP is a needs-based program. This means that it provides loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries based on a formula that compares your educational costs to expected contributions from your parents or your spouse (if applicable) and your own income and assets.
OSAP provides eligible Ontario students with financial assistance to help pay for their tuition, books, mandatory fees, living costs and transportation.