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					Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Student Support Branch
PO Box 4500, 189 Red River Road, 4th Floor
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 6G9




                         Students with Disabilities
            Attending Out-of-Country Postsecondary Institutions
                    2006-2007 OSAP Application Guide




                                                           April 2006
                   TABLE OF CONTENTS

A. WHO SHOULD USE THIS GUIDE                                           4

B. WHERE TO GET HELP                                                   4

C. WHEN TO APPLY                                                       4

D. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY                                            4
    INSTITUTION ELIGIBILITY                                            4

E. HOW TO APPLY                                                        5
    HOW TO SUBMIT AN OSAP APPLICATION                                  5

    WHERE TO GET PAPER APPLICATION FORMS                               5

    PROGRAM INFORMATION FORM                                           6

    PROOF OF PERMANENT DISABILITY                                      6

F. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE                                       6
    CANADA-ONTARIO INTEGRATED STUDENT LOANS                            7
    BURSARY FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES ATTENDING
    OUT-OF-COUNTRY POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS                          7
    BURSARY FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES AND THE CANADA
    STUDY GRANT FOR THE ACCOMMODATION OF STUDENTS WITH
    PERMANENT DISABILITIES                                             7

    CANADA ACCESS GRANT FOR STUDENTS WITH PERMANENT DISABILITIES       8

    TUITION GRANTS                                                     8
          Millennium-Ontario Access Grant
          Canada Access Grant for Students from Low-Income Families
          Ontario Access Grant

    CURRENCY CONVERSION                                               10

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    BURSARY ASSISTANCE IS TAXABLE                                    10
    Disability Supports Deduction


G. HOW STUDENTS ARE NOTIFIED OF LOAN/BURSARY AMOUNTS 11
    U.S. IMMIGRATION RULES FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING U.S.
    POSTSECONDARY INSTITUTIONS                                       11

    CHANGES TO LOAN AND/OR BURSARY AMOUNTS                           11

    EARLY WITHDRAWAL FROM STUDIES                                    11

    ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS                                            12

H. HOW STUDENTS RECEIVE BURSARY CHEQUES AND
   NEGOTIATE THEIR LOANS                                             12
    BURSARIES AND GRANTS                                             12
    NEGOTIATING THE CANADA PORTION OF A CANADA-ONTARIO INTEGRATED
    STUDENT LOAN (60% OF LOAN)                                       13
    NEGOTIATING THE ONTARIO PORTION OF A CANADA-ONTARIO INTEGRATED
    STUDENT LOAN (40% OF LOAN)                                       14

    WHEN WILL STUDENTS RECEIVE THEIR FUNDING?                        14

I. WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
   THROUGH OSAP                                                      15
    ONTARIO DISABILITY SUPPORT PROGRAM                               15

J. RELEASE OF INFORMATION TO OTHERS                                  16




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A. WHO SHOULD USE THIS GUIDE
The information in this guide is designed for those assisting deaf, deafened, or hard of
hearing students who will be starting or continuing studies on or after August 1, 2006 at a
postsecondary institution outside Canada for the purpose of studying in American Sign
Language or Langues de Signes Québécoises. In this guide, deaf, deafened, and hard of
hearing students are referred to as "deaf students".

Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing students may get help to complete the OSAP
application.

B. WHERE TO GET HELP
    • The Academic Continuing Education Program (A.C.E.) at the E.C. Drury School for
      the Deaf in Milton, Ontario (905) 878-2851 ext.287(TTY) / ext.303(voice).
    • Local school guidance counselors
    • Student Support Branch, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, by e-mail at
      tdd@osap.gov.on.ca, by fax at (807) 343-7278, by TDD/TTY at 1-800-465-3958, or
      by calling Gerry Vibert at (807) 343-7257.

C. WHEN TO APPLY
Students must apply as early as possible in order to receive notification of the loan and
bursary funding they will receive for the 2006-2007 academic year prior to going away to
university or college. Students who want help from school staff to complete their
application(s) for loan and bursary funding should contact them before the end of June.

D. WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY
Deaf students must meet all OSAP eligibility requirements in order to be eligible for loan
and/or bursary assistance. For a full list of OSAP eligibility requirements, please visit the
OSAP website at http://osap.gov.on.ca.

Deaf students must be taking at least 40 per cent of a full course load per term/quarter or
semester. Usually, students can find out the number of courses or credits that make up a
full course load by checking the school calendar (e.g., if 5 courses are considered a full
course load by the postsecondary institution, then 2 courses are 40% (2 ÷ 5 X 100 = 40)).

Institution Eligibility

  Students attending the following postsecondary institutions outside Canada are eligible
  to apply for the Bursary for Students with Disabilities Attending Out-of-Country
  Postsecondary Institutions:

   •   Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C.
   •   National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in Rochester, New York
   •   Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in Rochester, New York

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     •    Institutions offering instruction in American Sign Language or Langues de Signes
          Québécoises

Students planning to attend postsecondary institutions outside Canada that do not offer
instruction in American Sign Language or Langues de Signes Quebecoises are not eligible
for Bursary for Students with Disabilities Attending Out-of-Country Postsecondary
Institutions. These students may be eligible to receive the Canada portion of the Canada-
Ontario Integrated Student Loan if the institution has been approved for student loan
purposes. Contact Gerry Vibert at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to
determine whether the institution has been approved for student loan purposes.

E. HOW TO APPLY
Students must provide all required information before their applications can be processed.
Failure to provide complete information will result in loan and bursary funding being
delayed. Completed application packages should be sent to Gerry Vibert at the Ministry
(see address on page 6 of this guide).

A complete application for deaf students consists of:

     •    a completed 2006-2007 OSAP Application for Full-time Students (on-line or paper
          application);
     •    a completed Bursary for Students with Disabilities Attending Out-of-Country
          Postsecondary Institutions Form;
     •    a completed 2006-2007 Program Information Form (see below),
     •    proof of permanent disability (see below);
     •    a photocopy of the student’s Social Insurance Number card (if the student does not
          have a valid S.I.N. card, see page 4 of the OSAP 2006-2007 Application and
          Instructions for Full-time Students); and
     •    all other required supporting documentation as indicated on the OSAP application
          form.

How to Submit an OSAP Application

There are two different methods of submitting an OSAP Application for Full-time Students:

1.       Students may apply on-line through the OSAP website at http://osap.gov.on.ca (no
         application fee); or

2.       Students may use the 2006-2007 OSAP paper application form (no application fee)

Where to Get Paper Application Forms

Students can request an application package from Gerry Vibert at the Student Support
Branch, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, by phone at (807) 343-7257, by e-
mail at: tdd@osap.gov.on.ca, by fax at (807) 343-7278, or by TDD/TTY at 1-800-465-
3958.

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A copy of the bursary application form and the Program Information Form can also be
printed from the OSAP website at http://osap.gov.on.ca.

Program Information Form

Students will be sent a Program Information Form with their application package. The form
is also available from the OSAP website at http://osap.gov.on.ca or from the institution.
Students must complete this form. Information about a student's program, tuition,
compulsory fees, and book and equipment costs must be provided by the institution on this
form.

Students must send the completed application packages, including the Program
Information Form to:

             Gerry Vibert
             Student Support Branch
             Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
             PO Box 4500
             189 Red River Road, 4th Floor
             Thunder Bay ON
             P7B 6G9

Proof of Permanent Disability

For the purpose of administering OSAP, "permanent disability" is defined as:

 “a functional limitation that is caused by physical or mental impairment that restricts your
 ability to perform the daily activities necessary to participate in studies at a postsecondary
 level or in the labor force, and that is expected to remain with you for your expected life.”

Deaf students applying for OSAP will be required to submit documentation to demonstrate
that they meet the above definition. Acceptable documentation includes a medical
certificate, a learning disability assessment, or an audiological report.

F. TYPES OF ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
Deaf students attending postsecondary institutions outside Canada which have been
approved for OSAP purposes may be eligible for the following types of assistance:

   •   Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan;
   •   Bursary for Students with Disabilities Attending Out-of-Country Postsecondary
       Institutions;
   •   Bursary for Students with Disabilities;
   •   Canada Study Grant for the Accommodation of Students with Permanent
       Disabilities;
   •   Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities;


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   •   Tuition Grants: Millennium-Ontario Access Grant, Canada Access Grant for
       Students from Low-income Families, and Ontario Access Grant.


Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loans

Deaf students must apply for a Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan by submitting a
2006-2007 OSAP Application for Full-time Students.

OSAP is based on financial need. The Ministry assesses each student's financial need and
the amount of assistance he or she is entitled to receive by considering allowable
educational costs and the financial resources the student (and his or her family, if
applicable) are considered to be able to contribute. Examples of educational costs are
tuition fees, book and equipment costs, personal and living expenses. Resources that are
taken into consideration can include the student's income and assets, the income of the
student's parent(s) or spouse, and any resources available from bursaries and/or
scholarships.

The amount of assistance a student may be eligible to receive is calculated by subtracting
the expected contribution from the student (and his or her family, if applicable) from the
allowable education expenses.

Students are eligible for a maximum of $350 per week of study in loan funding. Please
note that students may only be required to repay $7,000 of loan funding per academic year
if they are eligible for the Ontario Student Opportunity Grant. For details on the Ontario
Student Opportunity Grant, please visit the OSAP website at http://osap.gov.on.ca.

Bursary for Students with Disabilities Attending Out-of-Country Postsecondary
Institutions

Deaf students, regardless of family income, who have eligible education costs that are in
excess of $350 per week of study, can apply for this bursary. Eligible education costs
include tuition fees, ancillary fees, health insurance fees, books and supplies, room and
board, personal living costs, and return trips home. There are limits to the amount of
assistance that will be provided for some of these costs.

Bursary for Students with Disabilities and the Canada Study Grant for the
Accommodation of Students with Permanent Disabilities

Deaf students studying outside Canada who have additional costs for equipment and
services that they need to have for their studies because of their disability may apply for
this bursary and grant. Students may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 per academic
year for disability-related expenses such as hearing amplifiers, vision/learning aids,
learning disability assessments, tutoring services, counselling, therapy, computers and
software, and special needs accessories for computers.


The student's postsecondary institution must provide proof that the student requires the

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requested disability supports for his or her studies. For more information on the Bursary for
Students with Disabilities, please visit the OSAP website at http://osap.gov.on.ca. For
more information on the Canada Study Grant for the Accommodation of Students with
Permanent Disabilities, please visit the CanLearn website at http://www.canlearn.ca.

Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities

The Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities provides up to $2,000
per loan year to help meet educational costs (e.g., for tuition, books, and supplies) and
living costs. Your eligibility for this grant will be considered automatically when your OSAP
application is processed.

For more information on the Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent
Disabilities, visit the OSAP website, at http://osap.gov.on.ca or the CanLearn website at
http://www.canlearn.ca.

Tuition Grants
Beginning in 2006-2007, deaf students may be eligible to receive new tuition grants. Your
eligibility for these grants will be determined automatically through the assessment of your
Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan application.

If you are eligible for any of these grants, the size of your student loan will be reduced by
the amount of the grant you are entitled to receive. These grants will not reduce the
amount of Out of Country Bursary you are entitled to receive.

For further information about tuition grants, visit the OSAP website, at
http://osap.gov.on.ca.

       Millennium-Ontario Access Grant
       To be eligible for the Millennium-Ontario Access Grant, you must be:
          • Studying full-time (taking at least 40 per cent of a full course load per
             term/quarter or semester);
          • Entering the first year of your first program of postsecondary studies;
          • Enrolled in a program of study at least two years in length that leads to a
             certificate, degree, or diploma from an institution approved for student loans;
             and
          • A dependent student from a low-income family. Students whose parents’ net
             income falls within the range of entitlement for the National Child Benefit
             Supplement meet the income requirements to receive the grant.

          Eligible students will receive the lesser of
              • $3,000 or
              • 50% of tuition costs, or
              • the Ontario Student Loan assessed need.


       Canada Access Grant for Students from Low-Income Families

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The Canada Access Grant for Students from Low-Income Families has the same
eligibility requirements and maximum value as the Millennium-Ontario Access
Grant. To be eligible for this grant, you must be:

   •   Studying full-time (taking at least 40 per cent of a full course load per
       term/quarter or semester);
   •   Entering the first year of your first program of postsecondary studies;
   •   Enrolled in a program of study at least two years in length that leads to a
       certificate, degree, or diploma from an institution approved for student loans;
       and
   •   A dependent student from a low-income family. Students whose parents’ net
       income falls within the range of entitlement for the National Child Benefit
       Supplement meet the income requirements to receive the grant.

Students may receive the Millennium-Ontario Access Grant and the Canada Access
Grant for Students from Low-Income Families at the same time. If you are eligible
for both grants, the total grant amount you receive will be equal to the lesser of:
 • 100 per cent of your tuition; or
 • $6,000; or
 • your OSAP assessed need.

Ontario Access Grant
The Ontario Access Grant is available to eligible students entering the second year
of their first postsecondary program. To be eligible for this grant, you must be:

   •   Studying full-time (taking at least 40 per cent of a full course load per
       term/quarter or semester);
   •   Entering the second year of your first program of postsecondary studies;
   •   Enrolled in a program of study at least two years in length that leads to a
       certificate, degree, or diploma from an institution approved for student loans;
       and
   •   A dependent student from a low-income family. Students whose parents’ net
       income falls within the range of entitlement for the National Child Benefit
       Supplement meet the income requirements to receive the grant.

   Eligible students will receive the lesser of
       • $3,000 or
       • 50% of tuition costs, or
       • the Ontario Student Loan assessed need.




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Currency Conversion

All loans, bursaries, and grants are issued in Canadian funds. OSAP will convert selected
eligible costs reported by the student, such as tuition charged by postsecondary institutions
outside Canada, into Canadian currency at the most recent monthly average exchange
rate calculated by the Bank of Canada, the Scotiabank and the Canadian Imperial Bank of
Commerce.

The conversion is done at the beginning of each semester and the same rate is used
throughout that semester. However, there may be differences between the amount
calculated at the beginning of each semester and the rate in effect when the student
receives or cashes their cheque. OSAP will not refund any difference between conversion
rates, nor will the student be required to refund any difference in conversion rates to
OSAP.


Bursary Assistance is Taxable

Loans, grants, and bursaries are taxable by Canada Revenue Agency. The Ministry of
Training, Colleges and Universities will send all students receiving bursaries a T4A form in
Spring 2006.

Although the Government of Canada indicated in its 2006 Budget that scholarships and
bursaries would no longer be taxable, the federal government has provided clarification to
jurisdictions that T4As must be issued for the 2006-07 loan year.

Students should file income tax returns, even if they have no other source of income,
because they are entitled to claim tuition and education tax credits that can reduce the
amount of tax they have to pay.

Canada Revenue Agency has a guide to help students called Students and Income Tax.
Students who have questions about income tax can contact the agency’s general
information line at 1-800-665-0354 (TTY) or visit their website at http://www.ccra-
adrc.gc.ca.

      Disability Supports Deduction

      Beginning in 2004, the Government of Canada replaced the attendant care
      deduction with a broader disability supports deduction that will allow expenses for
      some disability supports to be deducted from income if they are incurred for
      education or employment purposes. As a result, income used to pay for these
      expenses will not be taxed. The list of expenses eligible for the disability support
      deduction is specific, and includes some, but not all, of the services and equipment
      funded under the BSWD and CSG for the Accommodation of Students with
      Permanent Disabilities.

      For additional information on the Disability Supports Deduction, see the Canada

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       Revenue Agency website, at http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/menu-e.html.


G. HOW STUDENTS ARE NOTIFIED OF LOAN/BURSARY AMOUNTS

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities will mail each student an official notice
outlining the amount of loan, bursary, and grant he or she is entitled to, the method of
payment and the approximate dates the funds will be distributed. The notice will be sent to
the student approximately 4 weeks after the Ministry has received their complete
application.

This notice can be used by the student's postsecondary institution or by the student to
provide evidence to the United States Department of Immigration that he or she has
adequate financial support in order to be given a visa to attend a U.S. postsecondary
institution.


U.S. Immigration Rules for Students Attending U.S. Postsecondary Institutions

The U.S. Department of Immigration requires that foreign students provide evidence of
adequate financial support for postsecondary study in the U.S. It is the responsibility of
each student to make arrangements with his or her postsecondary institution to ensure that
a U.S. Immigration Form I-20 is issued in time for him or her to obtain a visa for study in
the United States. OSAP cannot provide any assistance with this process. Please direct
all questions on this process to your postsecondary institution.

Changes to Loan and/or Bursary Amounts

The amount of assistance a student is entitled to receive may change throughout the year
if:
    • the student’s (and his or her family's, if applicable) financial, academic, family,
      and/or study period status changes; or
    • there is a difference between the amount of income reported on the OSAP
      application and the amount reported to Canada Revenue Agency.

If the student's OSAP application is reassessed and it is determined that he or she
received more money than they were entitled to, the amount of the overpayment will be
deducted from future loans or bursaries or it will have to be repaid.

Early Withdrawal From Studies

The amount of funding provided by OSAP is based on the number of weeks a student is in
school. If a student withdraws from his or her program of study before it is complete, the
amount of OSAP assistance a student is eligible to receive will be recalculated based on
the actual time the student was in classes. In most cases the student will have received
more assistance than they are now entitled to receive.


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However, deaf students studying out-of-country are not required to return money received
through the Bursary to the Ministry, up to a maximum of outstanding tuition fees,
residential and other academic association fees that are non-refundable and owed to the
educational institution if the Ministry is satisfied that they have withdrawn for serious
medical reasons. Students should contact Gerry Vibert at the Student Support Branch,
Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, by phone at (807) 343-7257, by e-mail at:
tdd@osap.gov.on.ca, by fax at (807) 343-7278, or by TDD/TTY at 1-800-465-3958 for
further information.

Academic Requirements

All students receiving a loan and/or bursary must maintain satisfactory academic progress
and must remain in continuous attendance. If a student fails to complete the academic
requirements of their program of study, he or she may be ineligible for further OSAP
funding.

Students who cannot meet the academic progress requirement and must withdraw from
studies for medical reasons must provide proof to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities in order to continue to be eligible for OSAP assistance.

H. HOW STUDENTS RECEIVE BURSARY/GRANT CHEQUES AND
   NEGOTIATE THEIR LOANS

Bursaries and Grants

Cheques will be sent to the student’s permanent address for the Bursary for Students with
Disabilities Attending Out-of-Country Postsecondary Institutions.

If you are eligible for funding for disability-related equipment and services under the
Bursary for Students with Disabilities and the Canada Study Grant for the Accommodation
of Students with Permanent Disabilities, a cheque will be sent to your permanent address

If you are eligible to receive a Canada Access Grant for Students with Permanent
Disabilities and/or the Canada Access Grant for Students from Low-Income Families, the
grants will be distributed through your loan certificate. You will receive a direct deposit or
cheque for the amount of the grants, after you have negotiated the Canada portion of your
student loan (see below).

If you are eligible for the Millennium-Ontario Access Grant, you will receive the grant after
your Confirmation of Enrolment form is processed, and at the start of the second term. A
cheque will be issued to you directly from the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation.

If you are eligible for the Ontario Access Grant, you will receive the grant after your
Confirmation of Enrolment form is processed, and at the start of the second term. A
cheque will be sent to the student’s permanent address for the Ontario Access Grant.




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Negotiating the Canada portion of a Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan (60%
of loan)

   •   For students attending Gallaudet University, NTID or RIT, the Ministry will send the
       Certificate of Loan Approval and Eligibility (Schedule 1), Loan Agreements form,
       and two Confirmation of Enrolment forms (see below) directly to the school. These
       documents will be sent at the beginning of the academic study period (typically early
       September) as long as the Ministry has received all necessary documentation and
       the student’s file is complete. The school will notify the student when these
       documents are available.

   •   For students attending schools other than Gallaudet University, NTID or RIT, the
       Ministry will send the Certificate of Loan Approval and Eligibility (Schedule 1), the
       Loan Agreements form and two Confirmation of Enrolment forms to the most recent
       permanent address the student has provided to the Ministry. If a student wishes to
       have these forms sent to their U.S. address, the address must be provided to the
       Ministry.

   •   Students must ensure they complete the Loan Agreements form and that they and
       their school complete the Schedule 1 and both the Confirmation of Enrolment forms.

One copy of the Confirmation of Enrolment form is to be kept by the institution and
one copy is to be sent to Gerry Vibert at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities (see complete address under Program Information Form – page 6 of
this guide).

   •   The Schedule 1, the Loan Agreements form, a void cheque (from an Ontario bank),
       a photocopy of your Social Insurance Number card and a photocopy of one piece of
       photo ID must be sent to the address below. The void cheque is to ensure that the
       funds will be deposited directly into the student’s bank account. If a student does
       not include a void cheque or the information on the cheque is inaccurate, loan
       funding will be mailed to the student by cheque to the address as it appears on the
       Schedule 1.

       Students should mail their Schedule 1, Loan Agreements form, void cheque,
       photocopy of their Social Insurance Number and photocopy of their photo ID to:

             National Student Loans Service Centre
             Public Institutions Division
             P. O. Box 4030
             Mississauga, Ontario L5A 4M4

It must be sent to the above address within 30 days of the date on which the official at the
institution signed the loan documents. In addition, this must be done before the end of the
study period specified on the loan documents.


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Negotiating the Ontario portion of a Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan (40%
of loan)

   •   For students attending Gallaudet University, NTID or RIT, the Ministry will send the
       Certificate of Loan Approval and Eligibility (Schedule 1) and the Loan Agreements
       form directly to the school. These documents will be sent halfway through the
       academic study period (typically in December) as long as the Ministry has received
       the student’s Confirmation of Enrolment form. The school will notify the student
       when these documents are available.

   •   For students attending schools other than Gallaudet University, NTID or RIT, the
       Ministry will send the Certificate of Loan Approval and Eligibility (Schedule 1) and
       the Loan Agreements form to the most recent permanent address provided by the
       student. If the student wishes to have these forms sent to their U.S. address, this
       address must be provided to the Ministry.

   •   Students must ensure they complete the Loan Agreements form and that they and
       their school complete the Schedule 1.

   •   The Schedule 1, the Loan Agreements form along with a void cheque (from an
       Ontario bank), a photocopy of your Social Insurance Number card and a photocopy
       of one piece of photo ID must be sent to the address below. The void cheque is to
       ensure that the funds will be deposited directly into the student’s bank account. If
       the student does not include a void cheque or the information on the cheque is
       inaccurate, the loan funding will be mailed to the student by cheque to the address
       on the Schedule 1.

                     National Student Loans Service Centre
                     Public Institutions Division
                     P. O. Box 4030
                     Mississauga, Ontario L5A 4M4

It must be sent to the above address within 30 days of the date on which the official at the
institution signed the loan documents. In addition, this must be done before the end of the
study period specified on the loan documents.

When Will Students Receive Their Funding

Once again, by attaching a void cheque to the loan documents, the Canada and Ontario
portions of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan will be deposited directly into the
student’s bank account within a week of the Ministry receiving the loan documents. If the
student does not include a void cheque, or the information on the cheque is inaccurate,
loan funding will be mailed to the student by cheque to the address which appears on the
student’s Schedule 1 within two weeks of the Ministry receiving the student’s loan
documents.

It is very important that students plan and budget carefully.

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Bursary cheques will be sent to students two or three times per year, depending on the
number of semesters, provided that all requested documentation is completed, including all
Confirmation of Enrolment forms. The first installment will be sent to students 4 to 6 weeks
after the Ministry receives the student’s complete application.

Confirmation of Enrolment

The Confirmation of Enrolment form is used to:

   •   confirm that the student has enrolled in and started classes;
   •   update the income information provided on the OSAP application;
   •   authorize the release of the second portion of the loan;
   •   authorize the release of the next installment of the bursary.

The Ministry will send students two Confirmation of Enrolment forms with the Canada
portion of their Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan and one Confirmation of
Enrolment form with each bursary cheque. On the Confirmation of Enrolment form,
students will have to report the most up-to-date information on their academic and financial
situation. Students will also be asked to indicate any changes in the amount of income
they expect to receive while in school. If there are changes in the income, the new income
amounts will be used to recalculate the amount of financial assistance students receive.

Students are responsible for ensuring that all Confirmation of Enrolment forms are
completed and sent to Gerry Vibert at the Ministry (see complete address under Program
Information Form – page 6 of this guide).

I. WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE THROUGH
   OSAP
A student is not eligible for financial assistance through OSAP (e.g., loan funding, bursary
funding) if he or she is receiving the total amount of funding required for his or her
educational and living expenses from another source. If a student receives a scholarship
or bursary from a source other than OSAP, the amount of OSAP assistance will be
adjusted to take these resources into account.

If a student is receiving other government assistance that covers a portion of his or her
expenses, it is important that the student check with the other government agency about
receiving these benefits and OSAP assistance at the same time.




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Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)

The Ministry Community and Social Services provides support for living expenses for
people with disabilities through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). In some
cases, a student may be eligible for support from this program. Students are not eligible to
receive support for living expenses from both ODSP and OSAP. Students receiving ODSP
are still eligible to receive support from OSAP for all other eligible expenses aside from
living expenses, such as tuition fees.

If a student is receiving ODSP Income Supports, he or she must report this funding to
OSAP.

J. RELEASE OF INFORMATION TO OTHERS
The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act does not allow the Ministry to
release information about a student's OSAP application to anyone other than him or her,
unless the student indicates otherwise in Section M of the 2006-2007 OSAP Application for
Full-time Students. If the student wishes his or her parent(s), spouse or another person to
deal with OSAP on his or her behalf, the student must complete Section M.




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