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 Training, Colleges and Universities 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:
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 $7,300, 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 $10,950, 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
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:
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.