Canada Student Grant for Persons with Dependants
The Canada Student Grant for Persons with Dependants provides aid to eligible full-time students who, as of the start of their study period, have dependent children who are:
- under 12 years of age and/or
- 12 years of age or older and have a permanent disability.
This grant is available to full-time students who have a low family income and are attending a postsecondary school approved for OSAP purposes.
Amount of Aid
You can receive up to $200 per month of study for each of your eligible dependent children.
Who Can Get This Aid
You must meet the eligibility requirements and qualify for funding through OSAP for Full-Time Students in order to be considered for this grant. In addition, you must also meet the following requirements:
- You must have:
- at least one dependent child who is less than 12 years old at the beginning of your study period and/or
- at least one dependent child who is 12 years of age or older who has a permanent disability
- You have been assessed as having at least $1.00 of financial need under the Canada portion of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan.
- You have a low family income.
How to Apply
You will be required to provide documentation regarding your children, such as proof of their birthdate and proof of disability (if applicable). See the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students for complete details on your required documents.
The deadlines for the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students are as follows:
Your application must be received by your financial aid office no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.
All required documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.
Note: Documents received after your deadline date will not be considered.
Any review request must be received no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.
What Happens After You Apply
Your eligibility for this grant is determined as part of the processing of your OSAP application. Once your application is received, it’s processed in several stages that include:
- Confirming all required information and documents have been provided.
- Determining whether you meet all the eligibility requirements.
- Verifying the following information:
- Your Social Insurance Number and personal identification information (name, date of birth, and gender) is verified with the Social Insurance Registry.
- Your credit history is verified with a credit reporting agency (Equifax).
When determining your eligibility, your income (and that of your spouse or parent(s), if applicable) will be verified with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Results from the CRA income verification process may impact your eligibility for this grant if any of this income information is not accurately reported on your application.
You can log into the OSAP website at any time to see what stage your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students is at.
What Needs To Be Done Before You Can Get Your Aid
Your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students along with all required documents must be received and processed before any funding is released. In addition, your school must confirm your enrolment before any of your funding can be disbursed.
Note: no funds are released until on or after your study period start date.
When You Get Your Aid
You will usually get your funding in two instalments. The first installment normally occurs when you begin your studies and the rest occurs half way through your study period. See the Steps to Getting Your OSAP Funding factsheet for further information.
How to Check the Status of Your Application
Log into the OSAP website to see the current status of your application. You can log in at any time even if you requested that the ministry mail your information on the status of your application.
Grant to Loan Conversion
If you withdraw from studies or change from full- to part-time status within 30 calendar days of your study period start date, the National Student Loans Service Centre will convert all or part of any Canada Student Grants that have been issued to you to a loan.
After this 30-day period, if your application is reassessed and you become ineligible for any Canada Student Grant(s) issued from that application, all of part of those grant(s) will be converted into a loan in accordance with the conditions stated on your Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement.
For more information on Canada Student Grants and the conditions under which they may be converted to a loan, please contact the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC).