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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 submitted a request to withdraw from their program by December 5, 2017 were able to apply for a full refund of their tuition. They will not be eligible for any additional support through the Student Strike Relief Fund.

Eligibility

Full-time domestic and international students who remain enrolled in their program and who have unavoidable 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
  • 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

  • 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)

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 additional financial supports should the approved expenses exceed the $500 threshold.

Application Process

Click here to download the Student Strike Relief Fund Application Form (fillable pdf)

This completed form and associated receipts are to be emailed to studentrelieffund@sl.on.ca from your student SLC email OR can be dropped off at your campus' Financial Aid office. Please note that students will need to provide proof of incremental costs incurred to be eligible for reimbursement.

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

Please refer to the application form for eligible expenses. Please attach all supporting documents to the application 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. Please note that students may only submit one application under the Student Strike Relief Fund (exceptional circumstances may be considered).

Processing and Payment

When your application is approved, students will receive an email to confirm when the cheque is available for pick up in Student Services. Please note that the amount of time to obtain a cheque may vary depending on application volume. We will endeavor to provide the refund to you within two weeks of your 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.  A review committee including staff and student representation will review your appeal. You must submit your completed appeal form to the Financial Aid office at your campus within fourteen (14) days after the College’s decision is issued.

Click here to download the Student Strike Relief Fund Appeal Form (fillable pdf)