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Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Funds (OSOTF) Awards

What is an OSOTF Award?

The OSOTF (Ontario Student Opportunity Trust Fund) awards refer to a class of awards, which have resulted from Ontario government's "matching" program. Under the program every dollar of donation received for student assistance has been matched by the government as well as the university on a dollar-for-dollar basis.

Eligibility

OSOTF awards are restricted to individuals who meet all of the following criteria at the time of application (in addition to award-specific criteria):
  1. Canadian citizen, Permanent Resident of Canada or Protected Person
  2. Resident of Ontario*
  3. Demonstrates financial need**

Application Procedure

  1. Consult your graduate department for the application procedures, deadlines and other conditions of the awards for which you wish to apply.
  2. Submit this need assessment form (PDF) and other additional documents to the department.
    NB: This form alone is not an application for the OSOTF awards
  3. OSOTF are indicated as such in the “Scholarships by Department” webpages.

* In order to be considered a resident of Ontario (as per the OSOTF program’s guidelines) one of the following statements must be true:
  1. Student has always resided in Ontario or Ontario is the last province that the student has resided in for 12 consecutive months without being a full-time post-secondary student;

  2. Student who is married can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s partner has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post-secondary studies and, during this time, the student’s partner was not enrolled in full-time postsecondary studies; or

  3. A single dependent student can be considered an Ontario resident if the student’s parent(s), step-parent(s), legal guardian(s), or official sponsor(s) has resided in Ontario for at least 12 consecutive months immediately before the last day of the month in which classes began for the student’s most recent period of full-time post-secondary studies.

** Financial need is normally demonstrated when a negative balance appears in the “TOTAL NEED” field on page 2 of the form (PDF) (e.g., “Total Expected Expenses” is higher than “Total Expected Resources”). However, graduate students living in Toronto often experience extenuating circumstances and require more money than the province-wide OSAP allowable claims. Extenuating circumstances can be reported on an additional page and in many cases students who show a small positive balance in the in the “TOTAL NEED” field may still be considered to have financial need.