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Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards (OAG-CW)

Purpose

The Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards provides financial aid for tuition costs to current and former Crown wards as well as other youth who are or were in the care of an Ontario Children’s Aid Society.

Amount of Aid

The grant amount is calculated based on the length of your program:

  • Programs one year in length: 100 % of your tuition, up to a maximum of $3,000 per academic year
  • Programs two or more years in length: 50 % of your tuition, up to a maximum of $3,000 per academic year

In addition:

  • Your grant cannot exceed the amount of the Ontario portion of your Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan entitlement.
  • Your grant will be reduced by the amount of funding you receive through a 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant.
  • The lifetime maximum to receive this grant is 4 academic years (or 6 academic years if you’re a student with a permanent disability).

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’re a current or former Crown ward or you’re in receipt of or formerly eligible to receive an allowance or other transitional support from an Ontario Children’s Aid Society.
  • You’re in an undergraduate, first-entry program. Second entry programs like law or medicine, as well as graduate programs, are not eligible.
  • You’ve been assessed as having at least $1.00 of financial need under the Ontario portion of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan.

You cannot receive an Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards if you have already received an Ontario Access Grant in the same academic year.

Note:

You also may be eligible to receive additional funding to cover up to 100% of your tuition costs to a maximum of $6,000 through the 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care program.

How to Apply

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

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

You may be required to provide documentation regarding of your current or former status with the Children’s Aid Society. See the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students for complete details on your required documents.

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 for your application 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 to you.

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

How and When You Get Your Aid

Funding from the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students is normally issued in two installments. Your Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards will be issued in your second installment, which is normally 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.