Financial Aid Directory
Government Funding Programs in Ontario
Employability Assistance for People with Disabilities
In 1998, the Government of Ontario enacted legislation creating the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), which is the name given by the province to the EAPD program. This program was designed to replace the VRDP program in the province. A government directive expressly prohibits the use of the ODSP to support costs associated with post-secondary education. The directive states:
"The following goods and services WILL NOT be funded under the employment supports component of the ODSP: … Programs where financial assistance is available under the Ontario Student Assistance Program or programs available through the Education Act, and any goods and services required to attend these programs …" Source: Brochure "Ontario Disability Support Program - Employment Supports: Eligible Goods and Services." Directive # 105-01, January 1, 1999, ODSP Branch, page 32.
Student Loans Program
The Ontario government provides students with financial assistance through direct operating grants to post-secondary institutions and through OSAP. Each year, over 200,000 post-secondary students receive more than $1.6 billion in financial assistance from OSAP.
OSAP's objective is to help students from lower income families to meet the costs of post-secondary education. OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies by providing direct financial assistance for educational costs (such as tuition fees, books, and supplies) and basic living expenses. Students (and their families, if applicable) are responsible for meeting the basic costs of post-secondary education. The purpose of OSAP is to supplement, not to replace, the financial resources that the student (and his or her family, if applicable) is expected to contribute.
Student Support Branch
OSAP Loans and Bursaries
When you apply to OSAP, you are automatically applying to receive a loan through the federal Canada Student Loans Program and/or the provincial Ontario Student Loans Plan. If you receive a Canada and/or Ontario Student Loan, you must start repaying six months after you have stopped being a full-time student. While you are in school, the government(s) of Canada and/or Ontario pay the interest on your loans. To apply for assistance through OSAP, you must:
You must also meet at least one of the following criteria for OSAP's Ontario residency requirements:
To be eligible for a Canada Student Loan you must be enrolled at an approved post-secondary institution anywhere in the world. To be eligible for an Ontario Student Loan you must be enrolled at an approved public university or college of applied arts and technology in Canada, or an approved private post-secondary institution in Ontario.
Credit Check: If you have not applied for OSAP in the past year the ministry will perform a credit check. If it is determined that you have been 90 days in arrears on three or more personal loans or credit accounts, each with a value of $1,000 or more, within the past three years, you will not be eligible for an Ontario Student Loan. In addition, you may not be eligible for a Canada Student Loan. You will be notified in the event that you fail the credit check. An appeal mechanism is available to you if you can demonstrate exceptional circumstances and a strong likelihood of being able to repay your student loan(s).
For more information contact:
Student Support Branch
Bursary For Students With Disabilities
Students with disabilities in Ontario may be eligible for a Special Opportunity Grant (Canada Study Grant) through the Canada Student Loans Program and the OSAP Bursary for Students With Disabilities. Applications for this bursary are available through disability services offices and student awards offices in the province. Costs covered under the bursary program may include, but are not limited to, items or services such as notetakers, tutors, special transportation, technical aids/equipment, computers, special chairs and splints.
OSAP is based on financial need, which means that the amount of loan assistance available through OSAP will depend on the individual circumstances of the student and his or her family. Lower-income students will be able to access loans to cover part of their eligible costs of studying at out-of- country post-secondary institutions. Parents of students with moderate and higher incomes will be expected to make a contribution to the costs of their children's education, which will reduce the amount of loan assistance available.
All students regardless of family income, will receive a bursary for eligible costs which are in excess of the maximum combined loan entitlement of $275 per week of study of the Canada Student Loans Program and the Ontario Student Loan Program.
If you have additional questions contact the Student Support Branch, Ministry of Education and Training by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone at (807) 343-7257, by TTY at 1-800-465-3958, or by fax at (807) 343-7278. Source: Information found on line at the OSAP web site: http://osap.gov.on.ca/.
Gloria Landis Memorial Bursary
This bursary was established in memory of Gloria Landis for her significant contributions to LDAO and her community on behalf of individuals with learning disabilities.
One bursary will be awarded annually in the amount of $1000.00 to a mature individual with learning disabilities in a postsecondary program or accredited vocational institute who has been absent from full-time education for a period of three years. Deadline for application is June 15 in each year.
The bursary will be administered by LDAO. The selection will be made by a committee comprised of an LDAO board member, a member of the Adult Advocacy Committee, a member of the Landis family or a designate, and an LDAO staff person.
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