Free University For Seniors

Free University For Seniors

Free University For Seniors

So when you reach the golden age of 60 what do you plan to do? Travel the world, spend time with family, learn some new skills or even keep on working? Well, you’re in luck if you want to keep on learning! A couple of universities in Toronto are now offering free tuition for undergraduate and graduate programs for those over 60.

The universities that offer free education are York University and Ryerson (update: free tuition has been phased out at Ryerson). It also sounds pretty easy to get the benefits. They will automatically return tuition costs if you turn 60 years old before September 1st during the application year. This tuition rebate covers individuals that study either full-time or part-time. For example, the average price of an undergraduate program at York University costs $6,907 per year, which is a massive savings for those interested.

A couple of areas require caution, specifically the tax consequences. York states that any tuition rebate is a fully taxed benefit, meaning that it will be taxed like earning extra income. So proper tax planning should be done, and a tax professional can be used if you’re unsure about the tax consequences. Further, tuition rebates can vary by program. York states the following limit, “The fee waiver is capped for senior citizens to the level of tuition fees assigned to domestic, non-professional undergraduate or graduate arts, science and other programs as defined in the tuition fee guidelines from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.” So just speak to administration to verify how much of the program is covered.

Overall, this is a great program for individuals who want to learn about new topics and ideas.

Thank you for reading, and as always, if you have any questions please contact me at info@ffcoach.ca or 647-289-0012.

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Matthew

Direct Link to the Universities’ tuition rebate websites;

York University- http://sfs.yorku.ca/fees/waivers/

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Brian Mallett
Brian Mallett
4 years ago

I am now in my early eighties. When I was employed I worked as an aircraft technician in the Royal Air Force, an aircratft inspector, and as an electrical/electronic technologist. I obtained a Higher National Certificate in Electrical and Electronic Engineering whilst still in England. I started a Bsc in Business Admin course at York University in the 1980’s and only obtained two credits prior to the death of a family member. I would like to do something with the rest of my life where i can make a difference.

Charmaine
Charmaine
3 years ago

I am a 55 single mom with two kids still at home. I have a social service worker diploma and a BA in sociology completed more than 20 years ago. I have been working as a DSW for the last 22 years but now would like to return to school. I am not sure what my options would be as far as careers at this point in my life and what would be worth or not worth investing in at my age. I would consider a career change as well. I am looking at a change that would allow me… Read more »

Patricia A. (Newell) Lombardi
Patricia A. (Newell) Lombardi
3 years ago

Hello Matthew, Goals, Experience, and Background: I just turned sixty-five in January 2017 and would like to do an undergraduate degree @ Ryerson University commencing September 2017 in Social Work. I worked 25+ years in Accounting but have always wanted to work to improve the life circumstances for the underprivileged; especially children and elders; working as a volunteer in Toronto Housing Community Corporation (“TCHC”) seniors building wear I have lived for almost 2 years. I am the Janet Magee Manor (“JMM”) Delegate for 2015 and 2016; also the JMM Team Leader (Advocate), and I am a Committee Member on the… Read more »

Ana
Ana
3 years ago

Hello,

I am 67, and interested in pursuing an online PhD in Art/Education. I have a MEd and other strong academic qualifications plus decades of professional work. Is there any tuition-free opportunity?

Thank you

Musarrat zAIDI
Musarrat zAIDI
3 years ago

Idea of free degree program for seniors is good, but how tax matters are involved here, seniors who do not work , do not pay any tax. How you can call it free if you ask for money?

geoff
geoff
3 years ago
Reply to  Musarrat zAIDI

ummm… income from pensions, income from CPP, OAS….. that’s… you know.. income.

Personally I’m not so sure of the idea of free tuition for seniors, I don’t get it — especially in the province of ontario which has some of the most indebted young students of any generation…

beatriz maldonado
beatriz maldonado
2 years ago

Hello Matthew, I am interesting in knowing if there are tuition free courses/programs, for seniors in Kitchener- Waterloo. I did take courses at York some 15 years ago, but did not finish my bachelor. now i am moving to Kitchener and would love to go back to school.
Thank you so much,
Beatriz

Kevin Wall
Kevin Wall
2 years ago

I disagree, I am 61. I think the trick for old age is to keep an active mind. Anything that will help us elderly do that is a positive and cost saving measure. So if I can take a grad degree for free, I will; if I can’t I won’t. That makes a difference to me and others my age. We are trying to get by on fixed incomes because the employment situation, here in Toronto is brutal. The government’s policy is to import young workers and get rid of the elderly.

Cathy
Cathy
2 years ago

We have it all backwards in this country. Scotland, and Sweden and some other countries have it right. Education is a valued resource and esp. for the young, so in those countries it is not only free, but in Sweden, the state gives students free housing AND financial assistance to go on to higher education to encourage further advancement and education of their young people and the general public. Yes their taxes are higher, but considering our tax structure (depending where you live in Canada) and comparatively speaking….we are not far behind in what we pay in taxes compared to… Read more »

Walbert
Walbert
1 year ago

Hi! Many thanks 🙂 Excellent article.

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