Student Strike Relief Fund

The Student Strike Relief Fund provides assistance for students who have experienced financial hardship as a result of the strike. The fund is consistent with the framework developed by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development in consultation with student leaders and colleges.

Students who submit a request to withdraw from their program by December 5, 2017 can apply for a full refund of their tuition. They will not be eligible for any additional support through the Student Strike Relief Fund. Please contact the Office of the Registrar for further information about withdrawing.

Eligibility

Full-time domestic and international students who remain enrolled in their program and who have unexpected incremental (additional) costs because of the strike are eligible to apply to the Student Strike Relief Fund. Apprentices completing their in-school training are also eligible to apply.

Students will be eligible to receive up to $500 for unexpected incremental costs. Incremental costs are additional expenses that students only have as a result of the strike. Examples include:

  • Incremental travel costs (costs of rescheduling plane, train or bus tickets)
  • Incremental living expenses (including food and housing)
  • Incremental childcare expenses
  • Other incremental essential expenses occurring as a result of the strike

Examples of questions to consider when completing the application:

  • Incremental travel costs
    Did you purchase a bus pass for January that you otherwise would not have needed to purchase? As a result of the strike, were you required to return to finish your semester in January where you wouldn’t have had to otherwise? What essential additional costs did you have?
    Did you have costs associated with flight changes or cancellations that the College was unable to assist you with by making academic accommodation,.e.g., rescheduling a test to prevent interfering with your flight?
  • Incremental living expenses (including food and housing)
    Were you required to extend rentals or leases due to the change to the end of the academic semester? (e.g. expected December graduation, or students leaving on placements in January)
    Do you need to purchase additional food due to the semester extension?
  • Incremental childcare expenses
    Were you required to pay for someone to care for your child(ren) outside of the times you already made arrangements because of changes to your student timetable?
  • Other incremental expenses
    Do you have other essential expenses that occurred as a result of the strike that you would not have had otherwise? Please specify the expense and the reason.

Students must complete the application form and include supporting documentation as evidence of the extra costs. Examples include but are not limited to train ticket change fees, rental agreements, receipts for childcare expenses, a letter from a landlord, a copy of a post-dated cheque.

The financial assistance that students receive from this fund will not impact their OSAP or Second Career funding or eligibility.

In assessing Student Strike Relief Fund applications, the College may consider other forms of financial aid the student receives for living expenses (e.g., OSAP, Second Career).

Application Process

Applications for reimbursement must be submitted to the College no later than the end of the winter semester which is April 27, 2018.  The review of applications will begin after December 5, 2017.

Please identify the unexpected incremental expenses that you have because of the strike. Please attach all supporting documents to this form.  The College will only consider documents attached to this form in its assessment of your claim.  Documents submitted after the fact may not be considered.

Processing and Payment

Students approved for funding will be issued a cheque. Please note that the value will not be applied to any outstanding debt you may have on your student account. Students will be notified when their cheque is ready for pick up at the Registrar’s Office.

Financial Aid in the Registrar’s Office will process applications centrally. Assessments, decisions and payments (if applicable) will be made within five business days of receipt of the application.

Appeals

If your claim is denied, or if the amount of relief you receive is less than $500 and you disagree with the amount of relief you were given, you can appeal the college’s decision once. You must appeal within fourteen (14) business days after the college’s decision is issued.  Information on the Appeal Process can be found online.

Application Form

The personal information on this form is being collected under the authority of the Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002, and is compliant with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), 1990. The personal information on this form is collected for the purpose of administering the Student Strike Relief Fund, including determining individual eligibility. Information will be shared with Finance at Georgian College for the purpose of issuing cheques and possible financial audits and reporting. If you have questions about this form, please contact financialaid@georgiancollege.ca or 705.722.1530, ext. 5267. If you have questions about your privacy or FIPPA, please contact the Access and Privacy office at accessprivacy@georgiancollege.ca or 705.728.1968, ext. 5770.