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Ontario Distance Grant - Commuting

Purpose

The Ontario Distance Grant - Commuting provides aid to eligible postsecondary students attending publicly-assisted colleges and universities in Ontario who live in remote and rural areas. This grant assists these students with their daily travel costs to attend their postsecondary school.

Amount of Aid

The value of this grant is $500 per term, to a maximum of $1,500 per academic year.

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 attending a publicly-assisted college or university in Ontario.
  • One of the following statuses applies to you:
    • You’re a “dependent student” (i.e., parental information was required for your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students) and you’re living with your parent(s) during your study period.
    • You’re an “independent student” (e.g. you have been out of high school for at least 4 years and you do not have a spouse and/or dependent children) and you’re living with your parent(s) during your study period.
    • You’re married or in a common-law relationship.
    • You’re a sole-support parent.
  • You have been assessed as having at least $1.00 of financial need under the Ontario portion of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan.
  • Your home address is 80 km or more from the closest publicly-assisted Ontario postsecondary school that matches the school type you are attending (i.e., 80 km from a college if you are a college student, 80 km from a university if you are a university student). (See exemption for Francophone students, below).

    Exception for Francophone Students Studying in French

    If you self-identified as being a Francophone student on your OSAP profile, you can still be considered for this grant even if there’s another publicly-assisted college or university within 80 km of your home. You must still meet the following requirements:

      • You’re taking a full-time course load in French.
      • You must commute 80 km or more to get to your school.

How to Apply

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

Documents You Need to Provide

You’ll need to provide the required documents for your 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students before your application can be processed and you can be considered for this grant.

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.

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, including this grant, is normally issued in two installments. 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.