Adjust Living Allowance for Single Students
The calculation of the pre-study period income contribution for independent single students living at home is based on the student’s net income after the deduction of the student’s living costs assuming an at-home living allowance rate. If the student pays room and board to his/her parents, the student’s pre-study period income contribution can be calculated with a higher living allowance than the at-home rate. The amount used is the at home living allowance plus the actual amount of the room and board payments up to the maximum away from home living allowance.
In addition, single independent students are assessed with an at home living allowance if they are living with their parents during the study period. If a student pays room and board to his/her parents during the study period, a student can be considered for a higher living allowance than the at home rate. The amount used is the at home living allowance plus room and board payments up to the maximum away from home living allowance.
- completed Request for Review – Adjust Living Allowance Form
- Letter from the student indicating that he/she lives at home and must pay room and board or rent to his or her parents;
- a letter from the parents confirming that the student resides(ed) with them during the pre-study period and/or study period and that they collect(ed) room and board from him/her; and,
- proof of room and board payments for the pre-study period and/or study period (e.g., cancelled cheque or receipt(s)). Note: receipts are not acceptable unless substantiated by cancelled cheques and/or bank statements showing that financial transactions actually occurred.
A single dependent student is assessed as living with their parents during the pre-study period regardless of what they report on their application. Only certain reasons are acceptable for dependent students to live away from home during pre-study period, as outlined below; however, in the study period, students are required only to provide proof that they are living away from home.
If a single dependent student did not reside with his/her parents in the pre-study period for one of the reasons below, the student’s pre-study period income contribution can be calculated using the away-from-home living allowance:
- To obtain full-time employment
- Family breakdown
- Overcrowded parental home
- Problems in parental home environment
Complete the Request for Review – Adjust Living Allowance form and submit to Queen's University Office of the University Registrar (Student Awards) along with the required supporting documentation.
A single dependent student is automatically assessed with an “at home” living allowance for the study period (regardless of what they report on their application) if his/her principal residence is less than 30 kilometres from the postsecondary institution or less than one hour from the postsecondary institution by public transit.
If a single dependent student in this circumstance is actually residing away from home, he or she can be assessed with an “away from home” living allowance through a review if the student provides proof of living away from home. No justification for living away from home is required.
Note: A dependent student who is taking entirely on-line or distance education courses is not required to live at home with his or her parents. No justification for living away from home is required.
A dependent student who is living in a separate apartment in his or her parent’s home is not considered living away from home even if he or she is paying rent.
- completed Request for Review – Adjust Living Allowance Form;
- proof that the student is living away from home during the study period and incurring living expenses (i.e., living in residence, rental agreement, land line telephone bill, utilities bill, etc.).