SGS Emergency Grant

Award Overview

Purpose

The SGS Emergency Grant program aims to provide support to registered, full-time graduate students who, during the course of their program, experience an unforeseen, financial emergency which impacts their ability to continue. The Emergency Grant cannot serve as a general source of funding or make up for a shortage in OSAP other funding necessary to pursue graduate studies. The Emergency Grant can provide short-term financial relief to students in an immediate crisis caused by an unforeseen situation and/or unexpected expenses due to COVID-19 . Students requesting an SGS Emergency Grant are expected to meet with a member of the SGS Financial Advising Team to review the grant application and financial need assessment process.

Eligibility

It is expected that prior to applying for this grant, students will have explored all sources of funding such as anticipated income, OSAP or other government assistance programs (e.g. CERB or CESB), personal savings, daycare subsidies, family support, and bank lines of credit, as appropriate.

To receive an SGS Emergency Grant students must meet the following criteria:

  • Are registered full-time in a degree program at the School of Graduate Studies;
  • Are experiencing an unanticipated financial emergency that impacts their ability to continue in their program;
  • Have first applied to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) or other government student aid programs and have received an OSAP Notice of Assessment (domestic students only); and
  • Are able to demonstrate financial need through the application process (i.e. expenses must be greater than all available resources)

OISE students are asked to seek assistance through the OISE Bursary Program and consult with the OISE Financial Aid Coordinator at oise.financialaid@utoronto.ca for need-based assistance.

International students must demonstrate that they have the resources to fund their studies in Canada to receive a Canadian student authorization. International students who are in financial distress should contact their Faculty Registrar or graduate unit to discuss their extenuating circumstances before submitting the grant application.

Application Period

Emergency Grant applications are generally not available between August 1st to October 30th in any academic year. It is expected that students register each academic year with a solid financial plan in place and have access to sufficient resources to support their studies for the duration of the academic year. The Emergency Grant cannot serve as a general source of funding or make up for a shortage in OSAP other funding sources.

Students who meet one or more of the following criteria are ineligible:

  • Have been deemed by OSAP (or an out of province student loan program) as having sufficient resources
  • Are unable to demonstrate financial need through the financial need assessment process
  • Non-degree, visiting, and part-time students
  • In programs ineligible for OSAP (visit the Enrolment Services website for more details)
  • Are requesting assistance with tuition payment or with outstanding arrears from a prior academic session
  • Registered in the early months of the academic year seeking financial aid for their program
  • Have completed all degree requirements

 

Application Process

We encourage all students to contact their Faculty Registrar Office or graduate department to discuss their financial emergency and any possible resources. In many cases, Graduate Faculties have local funds available for students and/or they can contact SGS on the student’s behalf to inquire about additional support.

SGS Emergency Assistance

Graduate students who encounter an unanticipated financial emergency are asked to email the SGS Financial Advising Team to request a financial advising appointment. Advising appointments provide students with the opportunity to learn about various emergency and financial aid programs and obtain the necessary applications.

Steps include:

  • Meet with a member of the SGS Financial Advising Team to review financial aid programs and eligibility for emergency assistance;
  • Complete an SGS Financial Need Assessment Form (FNA) provided by the SGS Advisor; refer to an  SGS FNA Form Guide for more information;
  • Gather any required supporting documents (OSAP assessment, funding letters, receipts, financial statements);
  • Using your Utoronto email address, login to the Emergency  Grant Application using the link provided to you by the SGS Advisor; and
  • Complete the online application, upload the FNA form and any required documents, then submit.

Students may normally apply for an SGS Emergency Grant once per academic year. In exceptional circumstances, a second application may be considered, but only where new and compelling information is available.

UofT Quarantine Assistance

14 Day Mandatory Quarantine

Eligible students who are registered with the ‘At Home’ quarantine program may be recommended for financial assistance through the SGS COVID-19 bursary towards the cost of alternate accommodations (e.g students who cannot quarantine in residence). Please note that costs covered are only those of the student and deemed reasonable as per the quarantine guidelines. Please visit the Quarantine Guide to review your options and resources available for the 14-day quarantine period. If you have any questions, please reach out to the quarantine program team at: info.quarantine@utoronto.ca. Additionally, any student requiring alternate quarantine options can refer to the following Self-Isolation/Quarantine Accommodation Options Document.

3 Day Mandatory Federal Hotel Stay

Graduate students who have completed their mandatory stay at an approved Government of Canada hotel, and have registered with the U of T quarantine program (either the Full UofT Program or the “At-Home” quarantine program), may request financial assistance to help offset the cost specific to the student’s mandatory hotel stay. Students will be required to submit the paid hotel receipt within 30 days after their stay with their application and verify they are registered with the UofT Quarantine Program.

Students seeking assistance are asked to email the SGS Financial Advising Team to inquire about a COVID-19 grant. Please include “Federal Hotel Quarantine” in the email subject line.

To register with the U of T Quarantine Program please contact info.quarantine@utoronto.ca directly or refer to the following webpage for more information on UofT Quarantine Accommodation.

Please note that as of August 9th travellers are no longer required to complete the 3-day stopover at a government authorized hotel. For more information please visit Covid-19 Information for University of Toronto Students and scroll down to Information on Quarantine Accommodation.

Application Requirements

The following are examples of supporting documents that may be required for the Financial Need Assessment Form:

  • OSAP Notice of Assessment or Out-of-Province equivalent
  • Annual funding letter (students in a funded program)
  • Personal Financial Statements (for international students this includes statements used for their Study Permit application/renewal)
  • Rental agreement or lease
  • Medical and dental insurance statements
  • Letter from supervisor/advisor

Additional Info

Results and Payment 

Decisions will be communicated via the student’s official U of T email address within 2-3 weeks once an application is deemed complete and includes all required documentation. Emergency Loans may be approved in the interim for eligible students.

Students will normally receive grant payments via direct deposit to their personal Canadian bank account. If banking information is not entered by students’ on their ACORN account, payments will be issued by cheque and sent by Canada Post to the personal mailing address listed on ACORN. Students should ensure that their current mailing address and associated address expiry date is updated on ACORN to avoid delays in payment.

Contacts & Resources

Financial Aid and Advising
sgs.financial.assistance@utoronto.ca
(416) 978-2839