If a student and/or their spouse is in receipt of ODSP income support during the study period, the student may contact the FAO to request an adjustment to his or her OSAP file. Before arranging for an adjustment, FAAs must obtain written instructions from the student’s ODSP caseworker confirming the total amount of OSAP funding that the student can keep without affecting the student’s ODSP income support. The amount confirmed by the ODSP caseworker will be one of the following:
OSAP Allowable Educational Costs:In most cases, the total amount of OSAP funding an ODSP recipient can keep will match the amount identified as “OSAP Allowable Educational Costs” on the student’s OSAP Assessment Summary Form.
Revised Allowable Educational Costs:
In some situations, where a student’s actual direct education and transportation costs are higher than the calculated OSAP Allowable Educational Costs, ODSP regulations and Policy Directives allow the student to keep a different amount (see Background notes below). In these cases, the ODSP caseworker will provide a revised amount of allowable educational costs that the student is able to keep. The revised amount cannot exceed the “Total Funding” on the student’s OSAP assessment.
If the amount confirmed by the ODSP caseworker is less than the amount of “Total Funding” on the student’s OSAP Assessment/Reassessment form, an adjustment to the student’s OSAP assessment is required.
An ODSP recipient who wishes to pursue postsecondary education may receive OSAP funding for direct education and transportation costs while continuing to receive ODSP income support. The amount of OSAP funding an ODSP recipient can keep is determined by the ODSP caseworker and is based on ODSP regulation and policy. In general, ODSP recipients may keep the following OSAP funding amounts:
Any amount of OSAP funding received by the student which exceeds the amount the ODSP caseworker has determined that the student can keep will be considered a “living allowance” for the purposes of ODSP income support. The “living allowance” is treated as income under the ODSP and deducted dollar for dollar from income support on a prorated basis for the duration of the study period if the student chooses to keep this funding.
In some cases, the student’s actual costs for “direct education and transportation costs” are higher than the amount of OSAP funding allowed for those costs. Where the student informs the ODSP caseworker of higher actual “OSAP Allowable Educational Costs” they must provide verification of the actual costs to the ODSP caseworker.
In cases where the ODSP caseworker has determined that OSAP funding would affect ODSP income support (resulting in a “living allowance”), students have the option of having their OSAP reassessed or having their ODSP income support adjusted.
Single individuals are not eligible for OW funding when they are full-time students in receipt of OSAP.
In some cases, a student continues to receive OW income supports during the study period until OSAP funding is in place. When OSAP funding is in place, the student is expected to notify his or her OW caseworker and the OW funding is discontinued. The student is expected to repay the amount of the OW income supports for the overlapping period.
If a single dependent or independent student reports OW income support during the study period, the amount of OW funding is deducted from the OSAP living allowance.
If a student provides proof that he or she never received OW income support during the study period, or paid back all or a portion of the OW income that they reported on their OSAP application, the amount may be deducted from the student’s government income for the study period (Item 630).
In Ontario, all former Crown wards leaving care of a Children’s Aid Society (CAS) at the age of eighteen, as well as youth who are subject to a Customary Care Agreement or Legal Custody Order, may receive an Extended Care and Maintenance (ECM) allowance. ECM funding is provided for a maximum of three years until the youth reaches age 21. The base amount of ECM funding is $663/month; however, some CASs top up the base amount with additional funding.
If a student has identified Extended Care and Maintenance funding in Item 630 on his or her OSAP Application, the amount of the funding, including any CAS top up amount identified in item 625 will be exempt automatically from the student’s OSAP financial need assessment.
No documentation is required.
If a student has identified another source of government income in Item 630 on his or her OSAP application, but indicates that this funding is actually all or partially ECM funding, the student is required to provide documentation showing the amount of ECM funding as well as the other source(s) of government funding that he or she will receive during the study period. The FAA would then reduce the amount of funding in Item 625 to represent only the other source(s) of government funding.
Single independent students can be assessed as sole-support parents for the entire study period if they have joint custody of their child (ren) with their former spouse and the children reside with the applicant for a minimum of 50% of the study period.
If the formal custody agreement indicates that the student has custody, but the child (ren) do not reside with the applicant for a minimum of 50% of the study period, the review cannot be considered. A student with visitation rights only will be considered a single independent student during the study period.
If the children are not living with the student during the pre-study or study period, he or she can initiate an exceptional expense review based on the amount of any child support payments he/she has made.
Under Kinship Service arrangements, a Children’s Aid Society may place a child who is in need of protection with a relative, such as a sibling, aunt or uncle, or a community member. The Kinship Service may be based upon an Agreement with the child’s parent(s) or a Court Order.
Single independent students may be assessed as sole support parents if one or more child(ren) under the age of eighteen, who is not their own child, has been placed in their care through a Kinship Service arrangement. Similarly, a sole support parent or married student may be considered to have one or more additional dependents, if one or more child, who is not their own child, has been placed in their care through a Kinship Service arrangement.
Single dependent students may not be assessed as sole support parents through a Kinship Service arrangement unless they also meet the requirements for a family breakdown review.
If the Kinship Service arrangement begins part way through the study period, the student’s status or number of dependents, as applicable, is changed effective the date of the Kinship Service agreement or Court Order.