Student Strike Relief Fund

Humber College has created a fund to assist students with unexpected/incremental* expenses incurred as a result of the strike. Eligible students may qualify for up to $500. The amount received will vary depending on each student’s needs and personal circumstances. All applications will be reviewed.

*Please note - the student strike relief fund is designed to assist with incremental costs. Specifically, these are additional costs that students have incurred or will incur as a result of the strike's impact on the 2017-2018 academic calendar.

For example, if a graduating student’s lease is scheduled to end in December 2017, and that student needs to apply for assistance to cover housing costs for January 2018 as the Fall 2017 semester has been extended until January 23, 2018, this would be considered an eligible cost. This is an eligible cost because the student would not have originally expected to have housing costs in January 2018 while attending their Humber program originally scheduled to end in December 2017. Conversely, the student's housing costs for September-December 2017 are not eligible because they would have been expected, and are not new costs. 

You qualify for this fund if you are a full-time student enrolled at Humber, studying in the Fall 2017 term. If you have withdrawn, or will be withdrawing, from your program, you are NOT eligible to apply. This fund is open to domestic, international, apprenticeship and second career students.

To qualify for the Student Support Fund you must:

  • Be a full-time student, paying full-time tuition fees
  • Have proven exceptional expenses incurred due to strike related impacts:
    •  Incremental travel costs (such as the cost to reschedule a flight, train or bus trip);
    • Incremental living expenses including food, housing and transportation;
    • Incremental child care expenses; and
    • Other expenses based on individual needs and circumstances as assessed by Humber College.

To apply for the Student Support Fund, you must complete the application on your MyHumber account. You will need scanned documentation to support the incremental costs incurred due to the strike when you submit your application.

How to apply:

  • Complete the Student Support Fund application on your MyHumber account
  • You must also submit by email supporting documentation to ensure your application is complete (i.e. receipts for additional child care fees, booked train, or bus tickets, or unexpected January 2018 rent, etc.).
    • Please ensure that your first and last name, along with student number, is written on your receipts
  • Email a scanned copy of your receipts with the subject line below to finaid@humber.ca:
    • “Student Support Fund: NXXXXXXX, First and Last Name”
    • Alternatively, you can visit the Academic and Career Success Centre to submit your receipts in person

Please note that applications can take up to three weeks to be processed from the date of complete application submission, and all students will be contacted with the results via email.

For more information regarding the Student Support Fund, please contact the Financial Aid Office:

  • Email: finaid@humber.ca
  • Phone: 416 675 6622 x Option 4
  • North Campus: LRC, 1st Floor
  • Lakeshore Campus: WEL, Rm 106
  • Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Student Strike Relief Fund

What is the Student Strike Relief Fund?

The Student Strike Relief Fund provides assistance for students who have experienced unexpected 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 and receive a full refund from their program by December 5, 2017 will not be eligible for any additional support through the Student Strike Relief Fund.

What is the maximum amount a student is eligible to receive from this fund?

A student can qualify for up to a maximum of $500.00 per student, based on eligible expenses.

Who qualifies for the fund?

Full-time domestic and international students who remain enrolled in their program and who have experienced unexpected financial hardship as a result of the strike will be eligible to apply to the Student Strike Relief Fund. Apprentices completing their in-school training are also eligible to apply.

What expenses will be covered?

Eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $500.00:

  • Incremental travel costs (such as the cost to reschedule a flight, train or bus trip);
  • Incremental living expenses including food, housing and transportation;
  • Incremental child care expenses; and
  • Other incremental costs based on individual needs and circumstances.

The types of eligible expenses were provided to all Ontario Colleges by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

What expenses are not covered?

As per the ministry’s criteria for all colleges, the fund does not cover students' potential loss of funds (e.g. potential missed wages) a result of the strike. It also does not identify claims for full or partial refunds for either tuition or non-tuition mandatory fees as eligible costs.

When can students apply?

Colleges will accept applications up until the end of the Winter 2018 semester. The review of applications will begin after December, 5, 2017.

How do students apply to this fund?

Students should apply to the fund online via their MyHumber account. Paper applications will also be available for those requiring them, in the Academic and Career Success Centre (both North and Lakeshore campus).

What is required in the application?

Students will be asked to itemize the expenses for which the funds are being requested and provide a brief explanation of the reason for the request. Students are also required to provide supporting documentation (e.g. receipts). Humber will accept legible copies or photos of these documents. Students will also be asked to identify if they are in receipt of OSAP currently, or are on a study permit. This information will be used to all the college to provide access to maximum funding.

How do students submit their supporting documentation for their application?

Students should email a scanned copy or photo of their receipt(s) with the subject line below, and send it to finaid@humber.ca:

  • “Student Strike Relief Fund: NXXXXXXX, First and Last Name”
  • The subject line must appear as indicated.

Alternatively, students can visit the Academic and Career Success Centre to obtain a paper form. Students will be assisted in scanning and submitting their documentation electronically. Students may also choose to submit paper documents via the Financial Aid Drop Boxes located outside the Registrar’s Office at the North and Lakeshore campuses.

When and how will a student find out the results of their application?

Humber will being processing applications on December 5.  It may take up to three weeks for students to receive their funding from the date their application has been submitted, provided a student has fully completed an online or paper application and all supporting documentation is included. Once a student’s application has been reviewed, the student will be contacted with the result via the email address on their MyHumber account.

If a student’s request is approved, how will the funds be provided to them?

Students whose requests are approved will receive their funding via cheque to the address indicated on their MyHumber account. Students should be encouraged to verify their address is accurate prior to submitting an application.

Students can request to have their funding applied directly towards their Humber College student account.

If a student is denied funding, will there be an appeal process?

As per Ministry direction, Humber will establish an appeal process and panel for the Student Strike Relief Fund. In consultation with IGNITE, it has been decided that they will be included in the membership of the appeal panel and will contribute to the review of all appeal requests.

Students will be advised by email of the result of their application. A student whose request for funding has been denied will also be advised at that time of the process to appeal the decision through the Financial Aid Office.

Will this fund affect OSAP students?

The funds that students received from this fund will not impact their OSAP funding or eligibility.

What if a part-time student wants to apply for the fund?

Part-time student are not eligible to apply.

What if a student has a question about their fund application or questions about the fund in general?

For in-person inquiries, students should be directed to speak to a representative in the Academic and Career Success Centre (North Campus: Learning Resource Commons – 1st Floor | Lakeshore Campus: Welcome Centre – Room 105). For phone and email inquiries, students should be directed to speak to Financial Aid (416 675 6622 Option 4) or email finaid@humber.ca.

 

OSAP

As a result of the strike, the Fall 2017 study period has been extended until Tuesday January 23rd 2018.

*Please note that this FAQ will continue to be updated as Humber College receives additional information

Do I need to contact the Financial Aid Office to have my OSAP application adjusted to reflect the study period extension into January 2018?

No – the Financial Aid Office will work with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to automatically adjust the study periods of all students who require an extension.

When will the 2nd installment of my OSAP funding be released?

The Ministry has indicated that the OSAP funding release date for the Winter 2018 term will not be impacted by the term extension. Therefore, students should expect the Financial Aid Office to begin to release funding in mid-to-late December 2017.

Do I need to contact the Financial Aid Office if I decide to withdraw from my program and I have received OSAP funding?

YES - it is extremely important that after you have submitted an E-Form requesting to be withdrawn from your program in MyHumber, that you inform the Financial Aid Office of your decision. We request that all students who have withdrawn, email: finaid@humber.ca and include your first name, last name, and student number with the subject line “Withdrawal – OSAP Fall 2017”.

To submit an E-Form, please follow the path below:

Student→Registration→Application for Term or Complete Program Withdrawal

Do I need to contact the Financial Aid Office if I decide to withdraw from my program and I have NOT received OSAP funding?

No – students who are not in receipt of OSAP funding should not be contacting the Financial Aid Office to inform us of their decision to withdraw. We only need to identify the students who have received of OSAP funding for the Fall 2017 term.

I plan to withdraw from my studies and have filled out/submitted a Continuation of Interest Free Status Form either online or in-person. Do I need to contact the Financial Aid Office to inform them of this decision?

Yes – contact the Financial Aid Office to inform us that you are no longer attending classes, so we may update the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) in regards to your adjusted study period end date. We request that all students email: finaid@humber.ca and include your first name, last name, and student number with the subject line “CIFS Withdrawal – Fall 2017”.

I plan to remain enrolled and have submitted a Continuation of Interest Free Status Form either online or in-person. Do I need to contact the Financial Aid Office to inform them of this decision?

No – you do not need to inform the Financial Aid Office if you are planning to remain in your courses and have filled out a Continuation of Interest Free Status Form. The Financial Aid Office will automatically identify and extend student files if needed.

I am going to withdraw from my program (before December 5th 2017) due to the strike, and I know that I am entitled to a tuition fees refund for Fall 2017. What happens to my refund?

Any refund generated from your withdrawal will be consistent with OSAP policy and the OSAP loan agreement. Post-secondary institutions are required to send the full amount of any tuition fees refund back to the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC) to be used against any OSAP debt they may have outstanding.

What happens to my refund if I chose to receive Grant Funding Only through the OSAP program?

Current procedure states that all refunds generated from a student’s withdrawal from a program are required to be directed to the National Student Loan Service Centre (NSLSC). The refund will be applied against current debt and any remaining funds will be directed to the student via the NSLSC. For more information about this process, please contact the NSLSC: 1 888 815 4514 or www.canlearn.ca.

I have received the 2nd installment of my OSAP funding for Winter 2018 but have decided that I would like to withdraw from my studies. Are there any penalties?

If you have received funding for the Winter 2018 term and withdraw from your studies, all standard penalties will apply i.e., over-awards, academic probation, etc. To inquire about your specific file, please email: finaid@humber.ca and include your first name, last name, and student number.

I am a Winter 2018 semester 1 student, and have received my 1st installment of OSAP funding but have now decided I would like to withdraw from my studies. What are penalties?

If you have received funding for the Winter 2018 term and withdraw from your studies, all standard penalties will apply e.g., OSAP academic probation. Please email: finaid@humber.ca, for additional information and include your first name, last name, and student number.

I am going to withdraw from my program for the Fall 2017 term, but plan to apply to return in January 2018. How will this impact my OSAP? Do I need to start a new application?

If you withdraw and are admitted to return in January 2018, you will need to put forward a new application for OSAP. You can complete and submit an OSAP application on the OSAP website (ontario.ca/OSAP) once you have finished your Winter 2018 registration:

Registration will begin Wednesday December 6th 2017 – for more information related to registration, please visit: www.humber.ca/registration The Reinstatement Form must be submitted to the Financial Aid Office via email: finaid@humber.ca. Please ensure to include your first name, last name, and student number with the subject line “Reinstatement – OSAP Winter 2018”.

**Important**

Semester 1 students – please contact the Admissions Department to discuss your admission options at: enquiry@humber.ca
Returning Students (Semester 2+) – please speak with your Program Coordinator to determine your eligibility to resume studies

If I withdraw from my program and have received OSAP, will I be placed on OSAP restriction?

No - academic penalties are to not be added against OSAP students who withdraw due to the strike.

For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Office:

  • Email: finaid@humber.ca
  • Phone: 416 675 6622 x Option 4
  • Hours: M-F, 8:30am-4:30pm
  • North Campus: LRC, 1st Floor
  • Lakeshore Campus: WEL, Rm 106

 

Fees, Refunds and Withdrawals

What are the initial steps I need to take to withdraw from the Fall 2017 semester?

We know the recent strike has been stressful for many of you and that you may be considering withdrawing. We ask that before you choose to withdraw from your semester that you:

  • Review your revised course outlines and discuss the outline and class expectations with your professors/instructors.
  • Assess your current standing in your courses. We have extended the deadline to withdraw from classes without academic penalty to Tuesday, December 5, 2017. This will ensure you have time to review your progress and receive feedback from your professors to inform any decisions.
  • Inquire about accommodations and supports available to help you successfully complete your semester by contacting your program coordinator, academic school leadership and the support services available on campus.
  • Speak to your professor(s), program co-ordinator or associate dean to inquire and understand the full implications of your decision to withdraw.

If I choose to withdraw from the Fall 2017 academic semester will I receive any credits?

No. If you withdraw, you will not receive any academic credit for the Fall 2017 semester.

If I choose to withdraw from the Fall 2017 academic semester, can I restart in the Winter 2018 semester?

At Humber, we are able to re-admit most students to their program of study but we cannot guarantee in which semester that will occur. While we will do everything possible to help students who want to withdraw and start their program or semester again in the future, some programs have a limited number of spaces and are only offered at certain times throughout the year. For a thorough understanding of the implications of withdrawing, please speak directly to your associate dean or dean.

When is the deadline to withdraw from the Fall 2017 academic semester?

You must complete this request no later than Tuesday, December 5, 2017 to receive the refund.

If I choose to withdraw after speaking to faculty/staff at Humber what are the steps I need to take?

You must submit an online request to do so via myHumber

  • Select student
  • Select registration
  • Select application for Term or Complete Program Withdrawal

You must complete this request no later than Tuesday, December 5, 2017 to receive the refund.

Can I receive a partial refund?

No. Only full tuition fees will be refunded; partial tuition fee refunds will not be granted as per the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development refund policy.

Will I be penalized academically for choosing to withdraw from the semester?

If you choose to withdraw from classes until Tuesday, December 5, 2017, there will be no academic penalty nor will your studies this semester be recorded on your transcript.

Is there any part of my tuition that I will not be refunded?

Yes, students pay a non-refundable mandatory insurance fee which will not be refunded when you withdraw from your program.

  • Domestic students - $86.74
  • International students - $420.00

I missed labs and a class trip because of the strike. Will I be refunded for this?

Yes. Certain fees collected for items such as field trips that were part of your program but will not occur as a result of the revised academic calendar will be refunded. These refunds will be automatically reflected on your student account within four weeks of the end of the strike.

I paid for a locker, parking pass and other services that I have not used or did not receive during the strike. How do I get a refund for these services?

For students who purchased a parking pass, you will receive a pro-rated refund based on the length of the strike. This refund will be automatically reflected on your student account within four weeks of the end of the strike.

There will be no additional charges for locker or textbook rentals as a result of the extension of the fall semester. Students will be able to access their lockers and use their textbooks until the end of the fall semester.

When are winter tuition fees due?

The balance of winter tuition fees is due prior to the 10th day of class in the winter semester. The Winter 2018 semester begins on January 29, 2018.

Will students be able to stay in residence for the extension of the fall term? Will I have to pay additional fees for staying in residence longer? Will I be reimbursed on my meal plan for the five weeks I still lived on campus during the strike?

Residence dates have been extended accordingly. Students who live in residence will receive specific information from residence staff.

Will there be a winter reading week?

Based on the revised academic calendar, the February 2018 reading week is now a teaching week, and not a study break week.

Although the 2018 reading week is now a teaching week, there are scheduled breaks.  

Students will have two weeks off starting Friday, December 22, 2017 at 6 p.m. to Monday, January 8, 2018 at 8 a.m.

Students will also have an additional short break at the end of fall semester from Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 6 p.m. to Monday, January 29, 2018 at 8 a.m., as well as a three day weekend in February (Family Day) and at the end of March/beginning of April (Easter Friday).

I made travel plans during reading week. What do I do now?

The College’s travel policy has been revised to reflect the cancellation of reading week during the Winter 2018 semester. If students booked travel for that week prior to November 10, 2017, you can continue with those plans and we will work with you to ensure that you will have the opportunity to learn the content that was covered that week in your courses. You will also have the opportunity to submit any assignments due or write any tests or exams held that week. 

Are study abroad trips booked during reading week cancelled?

Please contact the trip organizer or faculty member or academic school responsible for planning your study abroad trip to discuss its status.