November 29, 2017
The Student Strike Relief Fund provides assistance for students who have experienced financial hardship as a result of the strike.
Yes. The Ministry has announced that all colleges will refund fall 2017 tuition to any student that requests to do so. The tuition fee refund policy applies to both full-time and part-time students, including international students, continuing education courses and apprenticeship classroom fees. Students withdrawing from programs or continuing education courses which were affected by the strike can apply for a full tuition fee refund (less health insurance and applicable program kit fees) for the 2017 fall semester, and any tuition and ancillary fees paid for the next or subsequent semesters, if they are unable to complete the course for reasons related to the strike. Students applying for a tuition fee refund must make the application to the Registrar’s Office in writing, notifying the college of their intention to withdraw and the reasons why they are unable to complete the program or continuing education course which must be strike related. Withdrawal forms are available upon request.
Students have until Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in order to be eligible for a refund. This is a two week timeframe.
St. Clair College offers some programs that have a winter semester intake. A complete listing of available programs this January 2018 can be found on the College website: http://www.stclaircollege.ca/programs/postsec/openprograms.html. Wherever possible, the College will assist you in transitioning to a winter cohort, provided space is available. In addition, students are able to withdraw and take a different program in January. In either case, the Registrar’s Office can assist you with this process. We are able to confirm admissions eligibility and add your application to the program on the spot. We will not require another application fee. Please see the Registrar’s Office for full details.
If you are currently enrolled in the Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas and Degrees program, (http://www.stclaircollege.ca/programs/postsec/prehealth_sciences_pathway/), please consult the Registrar’s Office prior to your withdrawal.
The College will refund your tuition for the fall semester upon your request. The majority of programs at St. Clair College are considered open enrolment. This means that we have sufficient capacity to adhere to student demand. The Registrar’s Office will automatically include your application to the fall 2018 semester and automatically admit during the admissions process. Upon your acceptance to the program, please follow the appropriate instructions regarding program confirmation and payment of the tuition deposit. Students will not be required to pay an additional application fee for new academic year.
Some programs are considered high demand and admissions are ranked accordingly through a competitive selection process. Through consultation with the Registrar’s Office, if you are enrolled in such a program and are seeking a fresh start in fall 2018, please communicate this at time of withdrawal. The Registrar’s Office will automatically include your application to the fall 2018 semester and automatically admit during the admissions process. Upon your acceptance to the program, please follow the appropriate instructions regarding program confirmation and payment of the tuition deposit.
Yes, this is an option that is available to you. During your consultation with the Registrar’s Office, please indicate your plans to return on the withdrawal form. As a courtesy, please inform your plans to your program coordinator. This information is helpful when planning classroom section sizes for the upcoming semesters.
Students are eligible for all tuition and ancillary fees paid for the fall semester, except for health insurance and kit fees. Please see the Registrar’s Office for details.
Yes, a full refund is available. Please provide proof of withdrawal from the College to the Parking Office. This proof will be provided to you by the Registrar’s Office.
No. All semester parking permits are automatically extended and will coincide with each semester end date. This is applicable to ALL campuses.
The tuition fee refund policy would apply to all Second Career clients affected by the strike. The majority of Second Career clients have their tuition paid for by the ministry and would not be entitled to keep a tuition refund; a small percentage of clients may contribute to their own tuition and would be entitled to keep a tuition refund.
The Ministry will develop a process to identify and recoup funds paid to Second Career clients, with the exception of those clients who have paid their own tuition.
Apprentices can apply for a full refund of classroom fees if they are unable to complete their in-school training for reasons related to the strike. Apprentices applying for a refund must make the application to their college in writing, notifying the college of their intention to withdraw and the reasons why they are unable to complete the in-school training, which must be strike related.
This is the new name of the “Hardship Fund” that was announced last week by the Minister. This fund is accessible to all full-time and part-time students, including apprenticeship.
Full-time students will be eligible to receive up to $500 for incremental unexpected costs such as additional child care fees, rebooked airline/bus tickets or January rent. Colleges will have the ability go above the $500 maximum in exceptional cases utilizing other college resources available to students in need.
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 for unexpected incremental costs. Incremental costs are additional expenses that students only have as a result of the strike.
The application is now available online.
Eligible expenses are those that are incremental due to strike related reasons and that represent the reasonable-cost solution to a problem.
Eligible categories would include:
Students should expect to show documentation of the additional incremental costs they have incurred in order to be considered for funding through the Student Support Fund.
The fund is available to ALL students who did not withdraw from school, regardless of full-time or part-time status. Apprenticeship and international students are included.
If a student withdraws from the College and receives a full refund, they are not eligible for funding through the Student Support Fund.
The government has delivered, through OSAP, free tuition for over 210,000 students in Ontario – over 100,000 of those students are at Ontario colleges.
Consistent with OSAP policy and the OSAP loan agreement, postsecondary institutions are to send the full amount of any tuition refund to the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) for credit against the student’s outstanding loan balance (if applicable).
This means that for students on OSAP, their tuition refund will be used to pay down their OSAP debt.
We know that students have been affected negatively by this strike and we are committed to provide supports to students who have faced additional costs. Where a student’s academic year is extended, OSAP will provide additional supports to eligible students for living expenses.
Eligible students with extended study periods will automatically be assessed for additional OSAP funding.
Once the College communicates our extended study periods to the Ministry, OSAP students will automatically be reassessed for funding and will receive an update via their OSAP account. Their new money will flow to them before the end of their extended study period.
However, please see the following scenarios to determine when extensions will be provided:
OSAP will start making payments for extensions in mid-December, after college extension plans are finalized. Any strike-related support provided by the college to a student will not be counted against their OSAP aid.
It is both the Ministry’s and College’s expectation that the Confirmation of Enrolment process for the second OSAP installment will be available at the usual timeframe. This means that the process will be completed prior to the holidays, so that students will be in receipt of their second OSAP disbursement in early January (no change as a result of the change to semester dates).
Academic penalties are not to be levied against students who withdraw from the College as a result of the work stoppage. Due to the extenuating circumstances of the work stoppage, students will not be flagged as a result.
It is recommended that you consult the Financial Aid Office regarding your potential withdrawal from the College so that we may provide you specific details to your OSAP account.
No. Additional OSAP funding will only support additional weeks of living expenses. Any incremental expenses over and above these needs can be addressed through applications to the Student Supports Fund.
You are able to discuss your individual circumstances with a representative from the Financial Aid Office. The staff will review options with you, such as OSAP eligibility, potential appeals to your OSAP, tuition bursaries, emergency loans, etc.
It is recommended that you consult the Financial Aid Office regarding your account and potential withdrawal from the College so that we may provide you with specific details related to your OSAP account. Here is the contact information for both campuses:
Room 166, South Campus
2000 Talbot Road West, Windsor
Room 134, Chatham Campus
1001 Grand Avenue West, Chatham
The Learning Commons Office has established walk-in hours at the Main Campus throughout the day. This means that a Counsellor will be available throughout the day to speak with students as needed. The Downtown and Chatham Campuses will continue to address student needs and demand as well.
A complete list of resources is available on the College website: http://www.stclaircollege.ca/studentservices/counsellingservices.html