I spoke with the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities today. He is advising students to check with York University’s financial aid office to see what supports are available for students facing difficulty at the present time due to the strike.
Ministry staff will get back to me with answers to some of the detailed questions related to the Ontario Student Assistance Plan. It will likely take some time for responses to those questions to get back to me, especially for “hypothetical” questions related to the future.
The following are the questions I’ve asked the staff:
Will OSAP payments by administered in January if the strike is ongoing?
What assistance is available for students if there is an extension of classes into May, will their receive addition OSAP funding while maintaining the $7000 repayment cap?
What government supports are available for students who are laid off from work-study placements?
What supports are available for students laid off from non-work study on-campus jobs?
Some students have been working during the strike. Due to the use of tax returns by OSAP, this could result in receiving overpayment notices. Is OSAP going to account for the strike when issuing assessments?
I’ll let you know when I receive answers.