Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students
The Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students assists deaf, deafened, and hard-of-hearing postsecondary students with the costs their education. The bursary is for students attending a postsecondary school located outside of Canada in a program where the only or primary language of instruction for their program is American Sign Language (ASL) or Langues de Signes Québécoises (Quebec Sign Language).
Amount of Aid
The value of the bursary varies depending on a student's eligible costs.
To be considered for this bursary, you must first apply for financial assistance through the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students. If you have eligible costs after your full-time OSAP funding is calculated, you can apply to have these additional costs considered under this bursary.
Eligible education costs can include any of the following cost categories:
- tuition and ancillary fees;
- health insurance costs;
- books and supplies;
- room and board (if you live in campus residence) or average living costs (if you live off campus); and
- return travel to Ontario.
Note that there are limits to the amount of assistance that will be provided for some of these costs.
Who Can Get This Aid
You must submit a 2016-2017 Application for Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students and all required documents to be considered for this bursary. In addition, you must meet the following eligibility requirements for this bursary:
- You have submitted a 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students and all required documents and meet the eligibility requirements for that program;
- You have a permanent hearing disability (deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing);
- You are enrolled in a postsecondary school located outside of Canada that is approved for OSAP purposes;
- You are enrolled in a program where the only or primary language of instruction is American Sign Language (ASL) or Langues de Signes Québécoises (Quebec Sign Language); and
- Your eligible education costs exceed the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan (COISL) maximums for your study period.
Refer to the 2016-2017 Application for Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students for complete eligibility details.
How to Apply
Use the 2016-2017 Application for Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students. This application is available in paper format only.
Documents You Need to Provide
You must provide the following documentation with your 2016-2017 Application for Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students:
- Proof of your permanent hearing disability (a medical certificate or an audiological report);
- Proof of your room and board costs for your study period (if you are living on campus in residence); and
- Proof of your out-of-country health insurance costs.
Refer to the 2016-2017 Application for Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students for complete details about your required documents.
Your 2016-2017 Application for Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students, required documentation and any review requests must be received by the Student Financial Assistance Branch at the address indicated below by the following deadlines:
Your application must be received no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.
All required documents must be received 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.
Student Financial Assistance Branch Address Details
Student Financial Assistance Branch
Attention: Administrator, Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students
Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
PO Box 4500, 189 Red River Road, 4th Floor
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6G9
What Happens After You Apply
Your bursary application will be reviewed by the ministry to ensure that all information and required documentation has been provided. If any information is missing and/or incomplete, the ministry will contact you directly.
What Needs To Be Done Before You Can Get Your Aid
Your 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students and all required supporting documents must be received and approved before your bursary application can be considered. In addition, your school must complete your Confirmation of Enrolment form before any bursary funds will be released to you.
Note: No funds are released until on or after your study period start date.
How You Get Your Aid
Your bursary will be issued in the form of a cheque. Depending on the length of your study period, it will be issued in two or three instalments at the start of each semester/term.
How a Change to Your Situation Affects Your Current Aid
Your eligibility for this bursary can be affected if any of the following happens during your current study period:
- You reduce your percentage of study to less than 40% of a full-time course load;
- You withdraw (or are withdrawn) from your current study period; or
- You become ineligible for aid consideration through OSAP for Full-Time Students.
How to Check the Status of Your Application
Contact the ministry if you have any questions regarding the status of your application.