1. What is the Ontario Crown Ward Postsecondary Application Fee Reimbursement Program?
The program is intended to reimburse current and former Ontario Crown wards for eligible postsecondary application fees. Applications will be accepted when the following conditions are met:
- your application is for an approved full-time postsecondary program of study;
- the program of study started in the academic years 2013-2014 or 2014-2015, or will start in 2015-16; and,
- the program of study leads to a first postsecondary degree, diploma or certificate.
2. Who is eligible for reimbursement?
Reimbursements are available to current Ontario Crown wards or persons who were an Ontario Crown ward (regardless of age, income or adoption status) prior to their eighteenth birthday and who, at the time of their application to a postsecondary institution, have not already been granted a postsecondary degree, diploma or certificate.
3. Will my income affect whether I qualify for a reimbursement?
4. You talk about approved programs of study. Which programs are approved?
The postsecondary programs of study you apply to must at the time of application be approved for Ontario student loans.
Specifically, Section 7 of Ontario Regulation 268/01 (Ontario Student Loans made after July 31, 2001) defines an "approved program of study" as a program of study for which students may be eligible to receive a student loan if the program:
- is provided at an approved postsecondary institution;
- consists of one or more periods of study of no less than 12 weeks and no more than 52 weeks; and
- leads to the granting of a certificate, degree or diploma upon the successful completion of the program.
5. Why are reimbursements limited to fees incurred applying for programs approved for the purposes of student loans?
While this program is not part of OSAP, the ministry uses the definition of approved program from the Ontario Student Loans regulation, above. The definition is clear and you can easily find out if your institution is approved for student loans on the ministry's public website. You can also ask the postsecondary institution you applied to which, if any, of their programs are approved programs.
6. How do I find out if my program of study is OSAP-approved?
Contact the financial aid office of the postsecondary institution you are planning to attend and ask if your program is OSAP-approved. You can also check the OSAP online application at http://osap.gov.on.ca.
Please note that:
- most postsecondary programs offered by Ontario's publicly funded universities and colleges of applied arts and technology are OSAP-approved;
- many programs offered by Ontario private career colleges in Ontario are also OSAP-approved; and,
- even some programs offered by out-of-province postsecondary institutions are OSAP-approved.
7. Do I have to apply for, or be receiving, OSAP (or a Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan) to receive a reimbursement?
8. Will the application reimbursement affect the amount of OSAP a Crown ward is eligible to receive?
No. Crown wards are not required to report the application fee reimbursement as income or assets on their OSAP application form.
9. Why can't I apply for reimbursement if I've already received a postsecondary degree, diploma or certificate?
This reimbursement program is designed to help Crown wards who have not yet had the opportunity to complete an approved postsecondary program of study by covering the application fee costs.
10. How are current and former Crown wards being made aware of the Ontario Crown Ward Postsecondary Application Fee Reimbursement Program?
Current and former Crown wards will be made aware of the reimbursement program through Ontario's network of Children's Aid Societies. Information is also available on the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website. In addition, the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) and the Ontario Colleges Application Service (OCAS) will be asked to post program information on their websites for the 2015-16 academic year application cycle. Ontario Children's Aid Societies and the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies will be asked to post information about the reimbursement program on their websites.