To assist current and former Crown wards with tuition costs.
Amount of Aid
For current and former Crown wards in programs of two or more years in length, the Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards will cover 50 percent of your tuition, to a maximum of $3,000 for each year of your program to a maximum of four years, depending on the length of your program.
For current and former Crown wards in one year programs, the Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards will cover 100 percent of your tuition, to a maximum of $3,000.
The value of this grant cannot exceed the Ontario portion of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan assistance you are eligible to receive.
Who Can Get This Aid
To be eligible for an Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards, you must:
- Be a current or former Crown ward or in receipt of an Extended Care and Maintenance allowance;
- Be a full-time student and meet all eligibility requirements to be considered for a Canada-Ontario Integrated Student loan;
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate, first-entry program (second entry programs like Law or Medicine, or graduate programs are not eligible);
- Be enrolled in a program at an institution approved for purposes of the Ontario portion of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan;
- Have not previously received four Ontario Tuition Grants and/or Ontario Access Grants and/or Ontario Access Grants for Crown Wards.
You are eligible to be considered for only one Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards, or Ontario Access Grant per year.
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. Applications are usually available early May. For complete details go to Filling out your Application.
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
A letter from the Children’s Aid Society confirming that you are or previously were a Crown Ward at any time must be submitted with your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students in order for you to be considered for this grant. The Children’s Aid Societies have standard form letters for this purpose.
What Happens After You Apply
Your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students is processed at which time your eligibility for this 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.
For complete details on checking the status of your application, go to Review your 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 paid 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 funding 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.