There are no reviews for situations such as the following:
If the ministry’s distance calculation determines that a student is commuting more than 250 kilometers one way, the student will be issued a ministry-generated paragraph on the Notice of Assessment or Notice of Reassessment explaining that the ministry has determined that it is unlikely that the student is traveling daily to the institution and as a result, the student has not been assessed for the Ontario Distance Grant – Commuting. Additionally, if the student is commuting this distance daily, the student is advised to contact their financial aid office to initiate a review to prove that he or she meets the Ontario Distance Grant – Commuting criteria.
A commuting distance of more than 250 kilometers may be calculated erroneously, for example, in situations where the distance calculation is based on the main campus of a college or university and the student is attending a satellite campus that is nearer to home.
While it is unlikely that a student would be commuting more than 250 kilometers one-way to attend postsecondary studies, students who are found through the review to be commuting at least 80 kilometers are eligible for the Commuting Grant.
The FAA is required to confirm the actual driving distance between the student’s home address and the address of the postsecondary institution campus that the student is attending.
Currently, students who are married/common law or a sole support parents will be assessed for the Commuting Grant if their home address is more than 80 kilometers and less than 250 kilometers from the institution they are attending, regardless of whether or not the student is maintaining a separate residence from his or her family.
Under this review a student who is married/common-law or a sole support parent and has a home address that is more than 250 kilometers away from the institution they attend, would be eligible for the Commuting Grant, if the student actually commutes or if the student maintains a secondary residence closer to the institution. In cases where the student maintains a secondary residence, it is expected that they would be travelling regularly and frequently to their home to be with their spouse and/or children.
There may be situations where the distance calculator used in the assessment process miscalculates a distance and does not identify a driving distance that is more than 80 kilometers one-way between student’s home address and the nearest postsecondary institution of the type the student is attending.
While dependent students are expected to report their parent’s home address as their permanent address when they move away from home to attend postsecondary studies, some dependent students may provide their local address on their OSAP application form. To consider these students for an Ontario Distance Grant – Travel, the FAA must confirm the following:
If a single dependent student is commuting more than 80 kilometers and is not living at home due to a family breakdown, the student may be considered for a commuting grant:
The FAA must confirm the following: