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Living and Learning Grant (LLG)

Purpose

The Living and Learning Grant provides financial aid for a maximum of four years to postsecondary students between the ages of 18 to 24 who left the care of an Ontario children’s aid society at age 18 or were an Ontario Crown ward adopted on or after August 1, 2013.

Amount of Aid

You can receive up to $500 per month of your full-time study period to a maximum of $6,000 per academic year.

Lifetime Maximum

You can receive this grant for a maximum of 4 academic years.

Who Can Get This Aid

To be eligible for a Living and Learning Grant, you must meet the conditions as outlined in Parts 1, 2, and 3, below:

    Eligibility Conditions: Part 1

    You must meet one of the following conditions:

      • You received an allowance or other transitional support from an Ontario Children’s Aid Society through the Continued Care and Support for Youth program (formerly an Extended Care and Maintenance allowance) when you were between 18-21 years old or would have been eligible to receive such allowance; or
      • You were an Ontario Crown ward and were adopted on or after August 1, 2013.

    Eligibility Conditions: Part 2

    You must meet one of the following conditions:

      • You are 18 to 24 years old as of your study period start date and not receiving the Continued Care and Support for Youth allowance during your study period. If you meet all the other eligibility requirements, you can still qualify for the grant if you meet on of the following:
        • If you turn 18 during your study period, you can receive the grant starting after your 18th birthday, providing you are not receiving the Continued Care and Support for Youth allowance.
        • If you turn 21 during your study period, you can receive the grant after your 21st birthday if you were receiving the Continued Care and Support for Youth allowance prior to turning 21.
        • If you turn 25 after your study period start date, you can receive the grant until the end

    or

      • You were an Ontario Crown ward and were adopted on or after August 1, 2013 and have at least $1 in calculated need for Ontario student loan or grant funding.

    Eligibility Conditions: Part 3

    You must also meet all of the following conditions:

      • You’re enrolled in a postsecondary program leading to a degree, diploma or certificate at:
        • a school in Canada approved for the Ontario student loan purposes; or
        • a school outside Canada approved for Ontario student loan purposes where the primary language of instruction is American Sign Language or Quebec Sign Language.
        • You’re taking at least 60% of a full course load as determined by your school (or 40% of a full course load if you have a permanent disability);
        • You meet citizenship and Ontario residency requirements as outlined on the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students.
        • You have not reached the lifetime limit of receiving this grant.
        • You’re not restricted from being eligible for Ontario student loan or Ontario student grant consideration.

How to Apply

Use the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students. This application is available online or in paper format.

    Ontario Crown wards adopted on or after August 1, 2013

    To be considered for a Living and Learning Grant, submit your request to the Student Financial Assistance Branch with the following:

    Student Financial Assistance Branch Mailing Address

    Student Financial Assistance Branch

    Attention: Living and Learning Grant Review

    Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development

    PO Box 4500, 189 Red River Road, 4th Floor

    Thunder, Bay, ON P7B 6G9

Deadlines

The deadlines for the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students are as follows:

    Application Deadline

    Your application must be received by your financial aid office no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.

    Document Deadline

    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.

    Review Deadline

    Any review request must be received no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.

    Note: Review requests received after your deadline date will not be considered.

Documents You Need to Provide

See the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students for complete details on your required documents.

In addition, you may also be required to submit the 2016-2017 Verification of Status With Ontario Children’s Aid Society (CAS) form which must be completed by your Ontario Children’s Aid Society.

What Happens After You Apply

Your eligibility for this grant is determined as part of the processing of your 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students. 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 your Social Insurance Number and personal identification information (name, date of birth, and gender) with the Social Insurance Registry.

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 application and all required documents must be received and processed and your school must confirm your enrolment before any funding can be issued to you.

Note: no funds are released until on or after your study period start date.

How 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.

Note: no funds are released until on or after your study period start date.

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.