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Ontario Access Grant (OAG)

Academic Year:
2012-2013
Who It’s For:
First and second-year students from low and moderate-income families
Type of Aid:
Grant
Amount of Aid:
Between 25% and 50% of your tuition, to a maximum of $3,000 per academic year for the first and second year of your program of study
When to Apply:
Applications are available in April
Deadlines:
See application deadlines below
How to Apply:
Use the 2012-2013 OSAP Application for Full Time Students

Purpose

To assist first and second-year students from low and moderate-income families with tuition costs.

Amount of Aid

Ontario Access Grants will cover between 25% and 50% of your tuition, to a maximum of $3,000. The maximum percentage of your tuition covered depends on your parents’ income.

    Calculating the Amount of Grant

    If your parents’ 2011 income was within the range of entitlement for the National Child Benefit supplement, this grant can cover up to 50 percent of your tuition. If your parents earned more, the percentage of your tuition that can be covered is lower.

    The value of this grant also cannot exceed the Ontario portion of the Canada-Ontario Student Loan assistance you are eligible to receive.

    The amount of the Ontario Access Grant is calculated as the lesser of:

      • $3,000;
      • the amount of the Ontario portion of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan that the student would otherwise be entitled to receive; and
      • from 25 to 50 per cent of the student’s tuition.

Who Can Get This Aid

To be considered for this grant, you must meet the eligibility requirements for The Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan. In addition, you must also meet the following requirements:

  • Be enrolled in the first or second year of a postsecondary program;
  • Have been out of high school for less than four years as of the 1st day of your current period of study;
  • Be enrolled in a program that is an undergraduate, first-entry program (second entry programs like Law or Medicine, or graduate programs are not eligible);
  • Be enrolled in a program that is two or more years in length, and at an institution approved for the purposes of OSAP; and
  • Your parents’ 2011 net income (from Line 236 of the Income Tax form) was at or below the income ceilings set out below.

    Family Income Thresholds

    The following table shows income ceilings by family size.

Family Net Income Thresholds for Ontario Access Grant
Number of dependent children that parents have (1)
0-1
2
3
4
5
6
7 or more
Parents’ net income (2)
$76,549
$81,681
$87,141
$92,602
$98,062
$100,245
$104,395

    1 Number of dependent children, including the applicant, identified in the OSAP Application.

    2 Net income (from Line 236 of the Income Tax form) of the applicant’s father, stepfather, legal guardian or official sponsor plus the applicant’s mother, stepmother, legal guardian, or official sponsor as identified in the OSAP Application.

How to Apply

You do not have to fill out a separate application form for this grant, because your eligibility is based on the information supplied on your OSAP Application for Full Time Students. Use the 2012-2013 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students. This application is available online or in paper format.

    Application Deadlines

    If you are taking a one-term program, the deadline to apply is within the first 30 days of your study period. If you are taking a two- or three-term program, the deadline to apply is 90 days before the end of your study period.

Documents You Need to Provide

No specific documents are required for this grant.

What Happens After You Apply

Your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students is processed, and your eligibility for the program is determined.

How to Check the Status of Your Application and Amount of Your Aid

Information about the status of your application is available on this website. Just log in to find the latest information. Remember to provide us with your e-mail address and we will send you a reminder whenever there is a change to your OSAP file. OSAP will also send you paper notification if you request it on your online application.

What Needs To Be Done Before You Can Get Your Aid

Before OSAP can release any aid to you, all documents that are required from you must be received, reviewed and approved. If your aid was calculated prior to receiving any of the documents, a review of the document may result in your aid being recalculated.

How and When You Get Your Aid

The Ontario Access Grant is issued to you at the start of your second term. If your program is two or more terms, you must still be a full-time student as defined by OSAP at the start of your second term to be eligible to receive this grant. Your funding will be issued to you in one of two ways. Grant funds will either be directly deposited to your bank account or a cheque will be forwarded to your mailing address. Please check your OSAP status on the OSAP website at osap.gov.on.ca, to see if your grant has been issued, and if so, how and when you should expect to receive it.

For complete details, go to Getting your Aid.