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Ontario Distance Grant - Travel

Purpose

The Ontario Distance Grant – Travel provides aid to eligible postsecondary students attending publicly-assisted colleges and universities in Ontario who must move from their parent’s home located in remote or rural areas in Ontario to attend postsecondary studies.

Amount of Aid

The value of this grant is $300 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.
  • You’re considered a dependent student for OSAP purposes and you’ll be living away from your parent’s home during your study period
  • 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 parent’s home is 80 km or more from the closest publicly-assisted Ontario postsecondary college or university that matches the school type you’re attending (i.e., 80 km from a college if a you’re a college student, 80 km from a university if you’re a university student). (See exception 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 Ontario postsecondary college or university within 80 km of your parent’s home. You must still meet the following requirements:

      • You’re taking a full-time course load in French.
      • Your parent’s home is 80 km or more from the school you’re attending.

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 is issued in two installments. Your Ontario Distance Grant - Travel will be issued in your first installment, which normally occurs when you begin your studies. See the Steps to Getting Your OSAP Funding factsheet for further information.