Students who must travel long distances to reach a university or college face unique challenges. A Statistics Canada study showed that people who live far from a postsecondary institution are less likely to attend college or university.
In response to this, the Ontario government offers Distance Grants to assist students from remote and rural areas with their travel costs. Eligible students will receive the grants at the start of their first semester, along with the first instalment of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan, if applicable.
Amount of Aid
The value of this grant is $300 per academic year.
Who Can Get This Aid
To be considered for this grant, you must meet the eligibility requirements for Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan. In addition, you must also meet the following requirements:
- Attend a public Ontario college or university.
- Be a dependent student living away from his/her parent(s) home during the period of study; and
- Have a permanent home address that is 80 kilometres or more from the closest public Ontario postsecondary institution of the type attended (i.e., 80 km from a college if a college student, 80 km from university if a university student).
A single dependent student leaves his home in Blind River to study at Canadore College in North Bay. While there are other colleges closer to home (Cambrian College in Sudbury and Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie) none are within 80 kilometres of the student’s home. The student would be eligible for the $300 Travel Grant.
A single dependent student leaves her home in Barrie to attend a program at Sheridan College in Oakville. This student does not qualify for the travel grant because there is a public Ontario college in her hometown, Georgian College.
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 now available. For complete details go to Filling Out Your Application.
- One- term program (12 to 20 weeks in duration) – Your documents must be received by your financial aid office within the first 30 days of your study period.
- Two- and three-term program (21 to 52 weeks in duration) – Your documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 90 days before the end of your study period.
Documents You Need to Provide
There are no specific documentation requirements for this grant.
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 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.
How and When You Get Your Aid
The travel grant will be paid once per year during the first term/semester of study. 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 www.ontario.ca/osap, to see if your grant has been issued, and if so, how and when you should expect to receive it.