The Queen Elizabeth II Aiming for the Top Scholarship is designed to recognize students who have shown academic excellence at the high school level and to assist students with financial need.
Amount of Aid
If you apply QEIIA4T on your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students, you may receive a minimum of $100 to a maximum of $3,500 per year. The actual value of your scholarship is based on the financial resources determined to be available to you to assist with your educational costs. In addition, the scholarship cannot exceed your actual tuition plus compulsory fees. Once set, the value of your scholarship will not be increased.
If you apply for QEIIA4T using the QEIIA4T Application for Basic Merit Amount you may receive $100. This is a fixed amount of $100.
This is a renewable scholarship. Students who keep their grades up and maintain the scholarship eligibility criteria can receive the scholarship for up to four years in total.
In order to be eligible for this scholarship:
- you must be an Ontario resident, as per the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students
- you must graduate from an Ontario high school in 2011 and achieve academic excellence;
- you must apply to attend one of the following types of postsecondary schools in Ontario:
- a public Ontario college or university on a full-time basis, through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre or the Ontario College Application Services; or
- or another Ontario postsecondary school (for example, a private career college) that is approved for purposes of this scholarship;
- you will be a full-time student in the 2011-2012 academic year at a postsecondary school and program that has been approved for this scholarship. Check out school search to find out if the school you are planning to attend is approved.
How to Apply
If you wish to be considered for the maximum amount of scholarship available, you must complete the 2011-2012 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students. As part of this application, you must confirm that you wish to be considered for the QEIIA4T Scholarship.
If you want to apply for the basic merit amount only ($100), you must complete the QEIIA4T Application for Basic Merit Amount.
Information About Your High School Marks
For most QEIIA4T applicants, your marks will be provided to the ministry directly from either the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or the Ontario College Application Services (OCAS). However, there are some applicants who will need to arrange for their marks to be submitted. Check out all the details on Request for Marks from Your High School.
All deadlines associated with QEIIA4T have now passed.
Documents You Need to Provide
If you are applying for QEIIA4T via the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students, any required documents will be based on OSAP program’s criteria.
There are no additional required documents for QEIIA4T Application for Basic Merit Amount.
How Students are Selected
Only eligible students who apply for QEIIA4T will be considered for potential selection. The eligible student(s) who graduate with the highest marks (excluding marks from summer school courses taken in 2011) at their high school will be selected. The number of scholarships awarded is based on the number of scholarships assigned to that high school. The share of scholarships given out at each eligible Ontario high school will reflect the number of students in the graduating years both at the specific school as well as in the province as a whole.
How to Find Out the Amount of Your Aid
If you are selected to receive a scholarship, you will be sent a letter (by mail) in August 2011.
You can also log into the OSAP website and check out QEIIA4T status information available in the “My OSAP” section.
How You Get Your Aid
If you are attending an Ontario public college or university, the ministry will send your scholarship to your school in August. Your school will then apply your scholarship directly against your tuition and compulsory fees. If your tuition has already been paid, your college or university will provide you with a tuition refund for the scholarship amount.
If you are attending a school other than an Ontario public college or university, your scholarship will be mailed to your financial aid office for you to pick up once your enrolment is confirmed.
Claiming Your Scholarship
You must contact your financial aid office prior to the scholarship claiming detail to ensure that your scholarship is received and/or applied properly prior to the scholarship claiming deadline.
Scholarship Deferral Information
You can defer your scholarship one time and the deferral can be for up to one year. If you decide to defer receipt of the scholarship, you must tell your financial aid office prior to the deferral deadline and receive their approval for your deferral request.
If you decide to transfer to a different postsecondary school, you must immediately notify the financial aid office at both your original school as well as the school where you are transferring, to ensure that you continue to receive this scholarship. Remember, the school and program that you are transferring to must also be approved for this scholarship.
How A Change To Your Situation Affects Your Scholarship Amount
Changes to your program of study will generally not affect your eligibility, providing that you continue to be enrolled full-time at an Ontario postsecondary school and program that are approved for purposes of this scholarship. However, any of the following can affect your scholarship amount:
You change from a high-tuition program to a low-tuition program:
- Your scholarship will be capped at your actual tuition plus compulsory fees.
Your income or your family’s income was under-reported on your application QEIIA4T:
- Your scholarship amount may be reduced and you may be required to repay some or all of the scholarship you received.
You withdraw from your studies:
- Situations of early withdrawal will be handled in a manner consistent with the treatment of other scholarships, which could include repayment of all or part of the scholarship you received.
How to Stay Eligible For Scholarship Renewal
To be eligible to have your scholarship renewed, you must achieve an average of at least 80 per cent, or the equivalent in Grade Point Average (GPA) or letter grades, as determined by your postsecondary school, for each academic year. (For example, your postsecondary marks for the fall and winter terms in the 2011-2012 academic year must meet the renewal requirements to have your scholarship renewed for the 2012-2013 academic year.)
You must also continue to attend an approved postsecondary school and be enrolled full-time in an eligible program for the purposes of this scholarship.
If you do not qualify to have your scholarship renewed due to low marks, you may be able to appeal if the drop in your marks was due to exceptional circumstances such as illness. Contact your financial aid office for complete details, including the review deadline.