Ontario Student Opportunity Grant (OSOG) Eligibility Issues
Students may request a review of a decision to deny them Ontario Student Opportunity Grant (OSOG) eligibility because of a withdrawal or expulsion for the reasons described below. A request for a review must be submitted in writing to:
Director, Student Financial Assistance Branch Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development PO Box 4500 189 Red River Road, 4th Floor Thunder Bay ON P7B 6G9
The following are the only grounds that will be considered in a review:
- withdrawal from studies because of a serious medical condition(s), medical emergency or required extended period(s) of hospitalization; or
- expulsion that has been successfully appealed.
Note: The intent of this review is to ensure that students remain entitled to the amount of OSOG they would have received if the withdrawal or the expulsion had not occurred
In both cases, if it is determined that a student who had been enrolled in a two-semester study period meets the review criteria set out below, the student will be awarded an amount of OSOG that will reduce the repayable amount of the student loan to OSOG threshold, regardless of how many semesters the student actually completed within the 12-month period in question. Students who had been enrolled in a three-semester study period will be awarded an amount of OSOG that will reduce the repayable debt to OSOG threshold, regardless of how many semesters the student actually completed within the 12-month period in question.
To be eligible for consideration, all semesters for which the student would have been entitled to OSOG must have fallen within the same OSAP academic year. Students who had been enrolled in a one-semester study period are not eligible for OSOG.
Withdrawals from studies will be considered if a student withdrew from one or more academic terms during the 12-month period before completing the term because of a serious medical condition(s), medical emergency or because the student required extended period(s) of hospitalization; and as a result, the student
- Was not able to attend or carry out the activities required to fulfill the course requirements in that semester;
- Could not reasonably have been expected to complete the semester; and
- Accordingly, would have to repeat the semester
- a letter from the student requesting a review of their OSOG eligibility, explaining the reason for the withdrawal from studies and the date of the withdrawal;
- a certificate from a physician or other relevant regulated health provider identifying the nature of the illness, outlining why it resulted in the student being unable to attend full-time studies, and the period of time during which the student was unable to attend postsecondary studies; and
- a written confirmation from the institution that the student would have to repeat the semester if he/she wanted to complete their program of studies.
Expulsions will be considered if a student was expelled from one or more academic terms during the 12-month period before completing the term and:
- a properly constituted body has granted the student’s appeal from the expulsion;
- the duration of the period of expulsion reasonably precluded the student from attending or carrying out the activities required to fulfill the program requirements of the semester; and
- the student cannot reasonably be expected to complete the semester; and
- accordingly, would have to repeat the semester in the loan year subsequent to the granting of the appeal.
- a letter from the student requesting a review of OSOG eligibility, explaining the reason for the expulsion and the beginning and end dates of the expulsion;
- a letter from the postsecondary institution, a court order or other documentation confirming that the student’s appeal from the expulsion had been granted by a properly constituted body; and
- a written confirmation from the institution that the student would have to repeat the semester if he/she wanted to complete the program of studies.
In cases where parental income cannot be verified for the purposes of determining eligibility for the OTG (e.g., foreign income, non-taxable income, or income earned on a First Nations reserve), reviews in "Proof of Parental Income" outline alternative documentation that is acceptable to prove parental income.
Where the supporting documentation requirement is satisfied for the purpose of the OTG, the income verification requirements are also met for the purposes of OSOG.
Employment income is exempt from income tax under paragraph 81(1)(a) of the Income Tax Act and section 87 of the Indian Act if the income is situated on a reserve.
If a student or their spouse is a Status Indian who has earned all of his or her income on a First Nations Reserve, the student or spouse is not expected to file a tax return before the student can be considered for OSOG.
- A letter or documentation, such as a payment summary, from the student’s or spouse’s employer indicating the amount of the gross income earned and that it was earned on a First Nations Reserve.
- Documentation must include location of employment and the name, address, phone number, email and/or website address for the person or organization providing the information.