Student Strike Relief Fund

DATE: November 28, 2017

To: Loyalist College Students,

The Student Strike Relief Fund Application Form is now available and can be accessed for download through the myLoyalist portal. Paper copies are available in Enrolment Services, Room 2H1.

Students can complete the form online and submit with supporting documents, or print and take the completed form and documents to Enrolment Services, Room 2H1. 

Applications for reimbursement must be submitted to the College no later than the end of the Winter 2018 semester, which is April 27, 2018.

If you have any questions, please email ssrf@loyalistcollege.com.

Thank you,  

Ann Drennan
Sr. Vice-President Academic & Chief Learning Officer


DATE: November 24, 2017

To: Loyalist College students,

I am writing with an update regarding the Student Strike Relief Fund. The application form is not yet available, however, we will provide you with a link to the form early next week.

This update and other information will be shared via your Loyalist email, the College website and through the myLoyalist portal.

STUDENT STRIKE RELIEF FUND INFORMATION

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 your Student Success Mentor 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 as a result 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 essential 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 would not have had to otherwise?
  • What essential incremental 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 accommodations? (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 incremental 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 any 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 2018 semester, which is April 27, 2018. The review of applications will begin after December 5, 2017. 

Using the Student Strike Relief Fund Application Form, please identify the unexpected incremental expenses that you have incurred because of the strike. 

Students may print out the application form and submit paper copy with supporting documentation to The Career Centre OR access the electronic form and document upload. 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
The Funds Review Committee will meet weekly to assess applications. Applicants can expect a response to their submission within seven working days and payment, if applicable, within two weeks.

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 based on your submitted documentation, you can appeal the College’s decision once. You must appeal within 14 days after the College’s decision is issued. Appeals may be submitted in writing to the College Registrar at ssrf@loyalistcollege.com.  

Thank you,

Ann Drennan
Senior Vice-President Academic and Chief Learning Officer