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 Registrar's Office for further information about withdrawing.
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:
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.
It is the College’s intent to not duplicate payment for the same incremental expense. 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, Tuition Bursaries, Second Career).
Applications for reimbursement must be submitted to the College no later than the end of the winter semester which is Friday, April 27, 2018. The review of applications will begin after December 11, 2017.
Using the form below, please identify the unexpected incremental expenses that you incurred because of the strike. Please upload all supporting documents to this form. The College will only consider documents attached to this form in its assessment of your claim.
St. Clair College is committed to process the applications as quickly as possible. Payment will be made in the form of a cheque and can be picked up from the Financial Aid Office. A cheque will be issued provided your student account is up to date. If your account is not up to date, a credit will be applied to your outstanding balance. Students will be notified by email when the cheque is ready. Students are required to bring identification upon picking up the cheque. In addition, the Financial Aid Office may require a Social Insurance Number (SIN) in order to update your file for T4A purposes.
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) days after the College’s decision is issued. You must submit your appeal in writing to the Financial Aid office in Room 166 in Windsor or Room T134A in Chatham.