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Adjust Fixed Contributions ( Ontario Portion Only)

Adjust Student Fixed Contribution (Ontario Portion Only)

For the purposes of the Ontario portion of the OSAP need assessment, students are expected to contribute a fixed amount of $1,500 per term to a maximum of $3,000 per academic year.

Because students are expected to use pre-study period income, study period income, savings, gifts, etc., to come up with the flat contribution amount, reviews to waive the fixed contribution are limited to those students who have no resources, including income, savings and assets, that they can reasonably be expected to use toward their educational expenses.

This means that some students will be eligible to have the expected pre-study period contribution waived on the Canada portion of the need assessment but would not be eligible to have the Student Fixed Contribution waived on the Ontario portion of the need assessment.

Students who have insufficient resources to cover their fixed contribution may be considered for a review to reduce the amount of their fixed contribution. Reviews to waive or reduce the student fixed contribution may not be considered before the halfway point of the study period.

However, if the student has a disability/medical or academic related reason for not being able to work during the study period the review may be considered earlier in the study period.

To be eligible to have their fixed contribution waived students must meet all of the following conditions:

Pre-study Period Income:

  • Student was unable to find any employment in the pre-study period; or
  • Student was unable or unavailable for employment for the entire pre-study period.

Study Period Earned Income:

  • Student has no study period employment income as of the half-way point in the study period; and
  • Is taking a maximum (100%) course load; or
  • have a disability/medical or academic related reason for not working; or
  • have been unable to find employment as of the half-way point of the study period.

Savings and Assets:

  • Student had less than $250 in their bank account(s) of as of the OSAP asset valuation date (or total of $500 in student and spouse’s bank account(s) for married student); and
  • Student has no other assets (e.g., tax-free savings accounts, bonds, stocks, term deposits, GICs, or mutual funds); and
  • Student has no remaining amounts that could be withdrawn from a Register Education Savings Plan (RESP) or Scholarship Trust Fund (e.g., group RESP).

Documentation Required:

  • Copies of student’s, and spouse’s, if applicable, Income Tax return Schedule T1 from the most recent taxation year showing zero $0.00 on Lines 120, 121, and 208;
  • Copies of the student’s (and spouse’s, if applicable) complete Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment (or Notice of Reassessment, if applicable) from the most recent taxation year.
  • Copy of student’s (and spouse’s, if applicable) bank account statements from the OSAP asset valuation date;
  • If unable or unavailable to work in the pre-study period for one of the acceptable reasons, the student must provide required documentation as indicated for the applicable reason(s).
  • If unable to find employment in the pre-study period, the student must provide required documentation
  • If the student is taking a maximum (100%) course load, they student must provide a letter explaining why they cannot work during the study period.
  • Students taking less than a maximum (100%) course load must provide documentation to show that they cannot work during the study period (e.g., a letter recommending a reduced course load from their physician for medical or disability-related reasons, or their program academic advisor, for academic reasons) or documentation of their job search showing they have been unable to find work as of the half-way point of the study period.
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Adjust Spousal Minimum Fixed Contribution (Ontario Portion Only)

For the purposes of the Ontario portion of the OSAP assessment, spouses of students who are not full-time students themselves are expected to contribute a minimum of $1,500 per term or $4,500 per academic year.

Reviews to waive the spousal fixed contribution may not be considered before the halfway point of the study period. However, if the spouse is unable to work or unavailable to work during the entire study period, the review may be considered earlier in the study period.

To have the spousal minimum fixed contribution waived, the spouse must meet the following conditions:

Spouse is unemployed:

  • Unable to find any employment as of the half-way point of the study period; or
  • Lost job prior to start of study period and unable to find employment as of half-way point of the study period; or
  • Unable or unavailable to work during the full study period.

Savings and Assets:

  • Student and spouse have no assets (e.g., RRSPs, unused RESPs, tax free savings accounts, bonds, stocks, term deposits, GICs, or mutual funds, etc.); and
  • Student and spouse had less than a total of $500 in bank accounts as of the asset valuation date and study period start date.

Student’s Income:

  • Student has not reported high study period income (e.g., above $5,600 per term).

Documentation required: (If spouse is unable to find any employment)

  • completed Request for Review: Adjust Income Contribution Due to Lack of Employment Form
  • a letter from the student/spouse indicating the reason they were unable to find employment for the applicable period, and a detailed summary of their job search covering the duration of the applicable period and a list of prospective employers; Documentation must show that the student and/or spouse actively looked for all types of work and salary ranges.
  • in lieu of a summary of their job search, the student/spouse can provide official proof of registration with an employment agency or proof of participation in a community job search program (e.g., Job Connect or other community employment programs). The employment agency or community job search program should confirm that the student/spouse was registered and seeking employment for the duration of the pre-study period as well as the date of registration.

If spouse is unable or unavailable for work,