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OISE Bursary Program

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The OISE Bursary Program provides financial assistance to full-time OISE students who demonstrate financial need. The bursary is non-repayable, and intended to assist you in financing your education. 
 

Students may apply for the OISE Bursary once per session as follows:

  • For teacher education (MT and MA CSE) students: fall, winter and summer session
  • For all other master's students and doctoral students: fall and winter session only

The program adheres to the University of Toronto Policy on Student Financial Support. However, it is also sensitive to extenuating personal circumstances and may take these into account when assessing bursary applications. 

 

Eligibility Requirements

1. Registration status

  • Applicants must be registered as a full-time student in an OISE graduate program. 

     

2. Demonstrated financial need

  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need over and above what is identified through OSAP's (or other provincial/territorial government assistance) standard assessment.
     
  • Students are expected to rely on OSAP or other government assistance, up to the maximum OSAP loan.
     
  • Any assessed need which remains unmet above the OSAP maximum, is expected to be covered by a combination of non-repayable grants from the University of Toronto [depending on your program, either UTAPS or OISE's Professional Masters Financial Aid (PMFA)] and other forms of loans or lines of credit.
    • Full-time students who are Ontario residents and who are receiving OSAP are automatically considered for either UTAPS or the PMFA (depending on your program).
    • Full-time students receiving assistance from another province/territory must complete an application on the Enrolment Services website, in order to be considered for UTAPS or the Professional Masters Financial Aid grant.
       

3. Expected Financial Contribution

  • Each academic year, students are expected to contribute a minimum of $3,600 to their educational expenses.

4. International students

  • Are not normally eligible for support since they must demonstrate sufficient financial resources in order to be approved to study in Canada. 
     
  • Can access emergency assistance if their financial needs are the result of unanticipated circumstances (such as the impact of COVID -19 on expected income). Contact the Financial Aid Coordinator for more information.

5. OSAP ineligibility

  • The University of Toronto funding guarantee referenced in the Student Financial Aid policy does not apply to students who are ineligible for government support for reasons such as defaults on previous government loans, the under-reporting of previous income, disqualifying credit histories, or reaching maximum lifetime OSAP limits.

    Students in this category should have a solid financial plan in place as the bursary program cannot and will not replace funds that OSAP and University of Toronto grants otherwise might have provided. Each application will be assessed on a case-by-case basis to determine the level of support that is appropriate and feasible.

Application Opening and Closing Dates

Fall applications

  • Opens September 17, 2020 and CLOSES November 16, 2020.

Winter applications

  • Opens January 11, 2021 and closes February 26, 2021.

Summer applications

  • Opens May 4, 2020 and closes JULY 26, 2020. (For full time students in the MT and MA CSE program and for other OISE students on an emergency basis.)

 

Please note: Fall applications are not processed until U of T Financial Aid (UTAPS) or Professional Masters Financial Aid (PMFA-OISE) information becomes available at the University. We expect to receive this information in early October. 

Application Process

Step 1: Complete and submit your application online


Carefully review the eligibility requirements above, then complete and submit your application. 

Please note: The bursary committee considers reasonable general expenses (based on the academic year) without documentation. These include: tuition and incidental fees, books and related costs, rent or mortgage, utilities, insurance, maintenance fees, property taxes, food, transportation, communication, household supplies, recreation and entertainment, clothing, and personal and health care expenses.


Step 2: Submit supporting documentation online

Students are required to upload any supporting documentation prior to submitting the online application. 

Additional allowable expenses

If you are claiming additional allowable expenses, you must submit supporting documentation in order to clarify your eligibility. 

For information on what counts as an additional allowable expense and what supporting documents are required, see below.
 

Out of province students

Out-of-province students will need to upload a student loan assessment from their home province in the online application.
 

 


Step 3: Application assessment

This takes four to six weeks, but can take longer during peak periods – typically at the beginning and end of each session. Assessments may also be delayed if OSAP, UTAPS and PMFA-OISE amounts have not been confirmed.

An e-mail response will be sent to each applicant once the application has been assessed.
 


Step 4: Bursary applied to fees

Bursaries are typically applied to fees first. However, OISE’s Financial Aid Coordinator will consider alternate arrangements if the student is facing extenuating personal circumstances.

 

Additional Allowable Expenses

 

Supporting documentation for any additional allowable expenses is uploaded by the student in the online application process.  Submitted documents must be relevant to the dates of the term that the student applies for a bursary.

1. Debt servicing

We allow expense claims of 50% of the monthly required interest payments on credit cards, consumer loans and personal lines of credit to a combined maximum of $250.00/month. 

If you are registered in a professional master's program and making use of non-OSAP or government loans to cover assessed need over the OSAP maximum, you can claim the full amount of this debt servicing cost. There is a line on the bursary application to record this expense. 

An example of a non-OSAP or government loans is a Scotiabank line of credit program arranged by the University of Toronto, or equivalent loan agreement negotiated by the student. 

Supporting documentation required: Most recent credit card, loan, and/or lines of credit statements showing an interest charge.


2. Child care

For students with children 12 years of age or younger, reasonable child care costs will be considered provided that the student's partner is working.

Supporting documentation required: Documentation from your child care provider 


3. Professional health care

Because students are automatically covered by University of Toronto's student health plan, all eligible costs should first be claimed against that plan. 

However, we consider reasonable assistance for health care services provided by a regulated health care professional not covered by an insurance plan. 

Costs for individual professional services are limited to $500 per year, and $750 per year for all professional services combined.

Supporting documentation required: Receipts, including assessed claim documentation from student health plan provider.


4. Vehicle Insurance

Costs of vehicle insurance is allowed, to a maximum of $200.00 per month.

Supporting documentation required: Most recent statement.


5. Other/Exceptional Expenses

Students with expenses that do not fit into an established category above may provide information which will allow the bursary committee to determine if it is an expense which the University of Toronto policy will allow the committee to recognize.

Supporting documentation required: Receipts or other documentation depending on nature of expense.   

 

Ineligible Expenses

1. Debts (e.g., income taxes, unpaid tuition from previous years)

2. Obligations (e.g., court imposed fines/payments)

3. Vacations and gifts

Contact

Office of the Registrar and Student Services
Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

8th Floor, Room 8-225
252 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON  M5S 1V6

416-978-4300
oise.financialaid@utoronto.ca