|Overall Rating||Silver - expired|
|Submission Date||Sept. 11, 2014|
PAE-10: Affordability and Access Programs
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Fees and Financial Aid Services
Does the institution have policies and programs in place to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:
A brief description of the institution’s participation in federal TRIO programs:
The Financial Aid Office at Fanshawe College actively participates in the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), which is similar in nature to it's U.S. counter part, the TRIO program. It is a program run by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). MTCU is responsible for administering both provincial and federal student financial aid programs for Ontario students taking post secondary studies. OSAP provides eligible Ontario students with financial aid to help pay for education-related costs such as tuition, books, living costs, and transportation. Financial aid can come in many forms: grants, bursaries, scholarships, fellowships, debt reduction, interest relief, work study, or loans.
A brief description of the institution’s policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students?:
The Financial Aid office administers various programs that are aimed at supporting students in financial need, these include:
- Entrance Bursary: These bursaries are for full-time students who have never attended Fanshawe College before, and can show financial need.
- Work Study Bursary: The work-study program provides work opportunities to full-time post-secondary students with a demonstrated financial need. If approved, students can search and apply for available work-study jobs. Students normally work a maximum of 10 hours per week during their study period.
- Fanshawe College Student Assistance Bursary: These bursaries are available to full-time students who have a demonstrated financial need while in school.
- Fanshawe College Academic Excellence Bursary: These bursaries are given to full-time students who are on the Dean’s Honour Roll in their previous semester and demonstrate financial need.
- Community Service Bursary: The Community Service Bursary is a financial need based bursary for returning, full time post-secondary students. Students perform community service during their summer work terms to earn credit towards tuition fees for their next semester of studies. Students must volunteer with registered, non-profit charitable organizations in London, Elgin, Oxford, Middlesex, or Haldimand-Norfolk communities to the satisfaction of the College.
- Continuing Education Bursary: The purpose of this bursary is to assist students who have low family income and resources AND are pursuing their diploma or certificate on a part-time basis.
- The Food Card Program: students who show a demonstrated financial need can approach the Financial Aid Office at Fanshawe College to receive a food card.
- Early registration support is offered to students in dire financial need via a deferred registration payment program.
A brief description of the institution’s programs to equip the institution's faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:
Financial Aid meets with Counselling and Accessibility Staff as well as Administration groups in academic division to discuss current programs available to students
A brief description of the institution’s programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:
There are many workshops and seminars given throughout the Fanshawe College Student Aid Office to prepare both students and their parents for the financial realities of attending college. These include High School Information Sessions, OSAP Information Sessions, Money Matters Sessions, Financial Readiness workshops and the Head Start Program. Sessions are included at the Boys and Girls Club of London and Crown Wards are invited to the College for all sessions
A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:
A Fanshawe, we have a bursary dedicated to low income single mothers who are on the Ontario Works welfare program.
All other bursaries are financial need based, therefore those with low income have a greater chance of being awarded one.
A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:
Head Start and Open House Sessions are geared toward parents
A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:
Fanshawe reaches out to the Boys and Girls Club and Crown Wards
A brief description of the institution’s other admissions policies and programs:
A brief description of the institution’s other financial aid polices or programs:
A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs not covered above:
The website URL where information about programs in each of the areas listed above is available:
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