The bursary assists deaf, deafened, and hard-of-hearing students with the cost of attending postsecondary schools outside of Canada where the only or primary language of instruction for their program is American Sign Language (ASL) or Langues de Signes Québécoises (Quebec Sign Language).
Amount of Aid
The value of the bursary varies depending on the student's eligible costs considered.
Deaf, deafened, or hard-of-hearing students attending school outside of Canada must first apply for aid consideration through OSAP for Full-Time Students. Aid received through this program will assist with your costs to study outside Canada.
The amount of aid received from OSAP for Full-Time Students will be calculated based on the students allowable educational costs, as well as the resources available to them in order to offset their costs. For example, a family with a moderate or higher income will be expected to make a contribution to the student’s educational costs, which will affect the amount of aid available to the student through OSAP for Full-Time Students.
However, deaf, deafened, and hard-of-hearing students, regardless of family income, who have eligible education costs to study outside Canada that exceed the student loan weekly maximums, will receive an Ontario Out-of Country Bursary for Deaf Students.
Eligible education costs can include any of the following cost categories:
- tuition fees;
- ancillary fees;
- health insurance fees;
- books and supplies;
- room and board;
- personal living costs; and
- return trips home.
Note that there are limits to the amount of assistance that will be provided for some of these costs.
Who Can Get This Aid
All deaf, deafened, and hard-of-hearing students, regardless of family income, attending a postsecondary school located outside of Canada where the only or primary language of instruction of their program is American Sign Language (ASL) or Langues de Signes Québécoises (Quebec Sign Language) may be eligible for this bursary, providing that their eligible education costs exceed the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan (COISL) maximums for their study period.
You can apply for Ontario Out-of Country Bursary for Deaf Students if you:
- have completed an OSAP for Full-Time Studies;
- are an Ontario resident as defined on the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students;
- are attending an OSAP-eligible school located outside of Canada;
- are deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing;
- the only or primary language of instruction for the program you are enrolled in is American Sign Language (ASL) or Langues de Signes Québécoises (Quebec Sign Language).
How to Apply
You can download the application for the Ontario Out-of Country Bursary for Deaf Students from the OSAP website.
In order to be considered for this bursary, you must first apply for OSAP for Full-Time Students. On that application you must also answer "Yes" to the questions "Do you want to self-identify as being a student with a permanent disability?" and "Are you a deaf, deafened, hard-of-hearing student planning to attend a postsecondary institution outside Canada in which the language of instruction for your program of study is American Sign Language (ASL)?"
The deadlines to apply for this bursary are:
- 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
Room and Board or Living Costs
If you are living in residence you must provide documentation from your postsecondary school that confirms your costs for room and board (in US funds) during your study period.
If you are living off campus you must provide documentation from your landlord (e.g., tenancy agreement) confirming your monthly rental costs, as well as what is included in that fee (e.g. utilities) during your study period.
Health Insurance Costs
Documentation indicating your costs (e.g., estimate from an insurance company or your postsecondary institution's health plan) for your out-of-country health insurance during your study period.
What Happens After You Apply
Your application will be reviewed by the Ministry to ensure that all information and required documentation has been provided. If any information is missing and/or incomplete, the Ministry will contact you directly.
How to Check the Status of Your Application
Contact the Ministry if you have any questions regarding the status of your application. Remember, information about the status of your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students is available online on the OSAP website.
How to Find Out the Amount of Your Aid
You will receive a letter from the Ministry regarding the amount of aid you have qualified to receive.
What Needs To Be Done Before You Can Get Your Aid
Your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students must process and all required supporting documents must have been received. Both you and your school must complete the Confirmation of Enrolment form before any funds will be released to you.
How You Get Your Aid
Your bursary will be received in the form of a cheque. Depending on the length of your study period, it will be issued in two or three instalments.
When You Get Your Aid
You will not receive your aid until on or after the start of your study period.
How a Change to Your Situation Affects Your Current Aid
Your eligibility for aid can be affected if either of the following happens during your current study period:
- You reduce your percentage of study to less than 40% of a full-time course load;
- You withdraw (or are withdrawn) from your current study period; and
- You become ineligible for aid consideration through OSAP for Full-Time Students.
How to Stay Eligible For Future Aid
If you do not successfully complete all of the courses that you received aid for, your eligibility for future funding may be affected due to academic progress issues. Also, any federal or provincial student loans you have negotiated must remain in good standing in order to maintain your eligibility for OSAP aid consideration.
Planning to Continue in Full-Time Studies?
If you are continuing in your full-time studies outside of Canada where the only or primary language of instruction of their program is American Sign Language (ASL) or Langues de Signes Québécoises (Quebec Sign Language), and you would like to be considered for further aid, you must submit a new Ontario Out-of Country Bursary for Deaf Students application.