The government of Ontario supports the right to higher education of every individual in the province, and people with hearing-related ailments are no different.
The Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students is monetary assistance provided for post-secondary students with hearing impairments who are enrolled in a study program outside of Canada. A major requirement for availing this bursary is to attend an institution that uses the American Sign Language (ASL) or Langues de Signes Québécoises (Quebec Sign Language) as their primary or only language of instruction.
If you are a deaf student with dreams of studying abroad, Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students might just be your golden ticket to turning those dreams into reality. Here’s all that you need to know about this Ontario Student Bursary program:
This bursary is meant to help you financially to cover a lot of expenses of studying abroad. It not only pays for your college tuition fees but also for other necessities of living abroad while studying. This provincial bursary program covers the cost of health insurance, ancillary fees, books, study supplements, return travel fare to Ontario, as well as living expenses on or off-campus during the course of your academic program.
To qualify for this bursary program, you must fulfill the following conditions:
Your school and the program of your choice must utilize ASL or Quebec Sign Language as their primary tool of delivering instructions.
You must be deemed eligible to receive OSAP for Full-Time Students.
The outstanding expenses of your post-secondary education must be higher than the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan (COISL) maximums.
In order to apply for this bursary, you need to complete three major steps.
3. Adhere to deadlines: Your application must be received by the authorities a minimum of 60 days before the completion of your study period in an academic year. However, the Student Financial Assistance Branch is open to receiving all necessary documents along with review requests up to 40 days before the end of your study period in a school year. All the documents, applications, and review requests received after the aforementioned deadlines will be rejected immediately.
Your responsibility doesn’t end after submitting the application as there are a couple of things that you need to do after applying:
2. Keep an eye out for factors having a negative impact on your financial aid: If you wish to receive the benefits of Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students, then you should beware of three instances that can severely impact your student aid:
Unlike some grants and scholarships, Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students doesn’t have a defined maximum amount of financial assistance. The money you might receive through this bursary is calculated based on your living expenses, tuition fees, book cost, health insurance cost, travel fare for return to Ontario, and the amount of student aid provided by OSAP for Full-Time Students.
The aid is provided in the form of a cheque and the amount will be released only after OSAP receives a confirmation of your enrolment by your school. You will most likely receive the amount in two to three installments at the beginning of each semester or term, depending on the duration of your program.
For those who do not qualify for this Ontario Student Bursary, your aspirations of post-secondary education can still be supported by the Ontario Government through a multitude of other student aid programs such as OSAP, Bursaries, and Other Grants for Students in Special Circumstances.