Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.32
Liaison Robert Monico
Submission Date Aug. 23, 2019
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STARS v2.1

Fleming College
PA-7: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.55 / 4.00 Trish O'Connor
Special Projects Leader
Academic/ Human Resources
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Does the institution have policies and programs to make it accessible and affordable to low-income students?:

A brief description of any policies and programs to minimize the cost of attendance for low-income students:

We have approximately $2.9 million available annually for student bursaries and scholarships. Funding for these scholarships and bursaries is provided by various sources:
»A percentage of tuition fees collected by Fleming College is allocated towards a Financial Need Bursary Programs for full-time students
»Through the efforts of Fleming College's Advancement and Alumni Relations Department, we are able to offer numerous donor sponsored bursaries.

Fleming offers over 200 scholarships and bursaries to students each year, of which many are directed specifically towards students in financial need. We have provided more than $10 million in bursaries and scholarships to students in financial need over several years.

To be considered for these bursaries students are required to apply. Funds go to students with greatest relative need.

Bursaries and scholarships are also funded by Fleming College's Advancement & Alumni Relations department, and by individual donors and sponsors. Students must also apply to be considered for these scholarships and bursaries. Every student that gets an offer of admission to Fleming also gets the opportunity to apply to the various bursary programs (no bursaries are OSAP contingent). OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) is the provincial funding for students in post-secondary programs.


A brief description of any programs to equip the institution’s faculty and staff to better serve students from low-income backgrounds:

In addition to financial assistance, Fleming College offers a "Circle of Care" and the "Bishkaa" summer orientation program to support indigenous students' transition into College. Fleming Aboriginal Student Support Services offers culturally appropriate counseling support, provides information and resources, and acts as a link to the college and to the wider community. Together with the Aboriginal Education Council, and the Aboriginal Student Council “Mino Bimaadiziwin” (The way of a good life), we form a large community within the college.

Our 'Circle of Care' comprises a group of individuals fully invested in supporting your individual development and academic success. Together we strive to promote spiritual, physical, mental and emotional wellness, strengthening our connectedness and community. We are very fortunate to have Aboriginal faculty and staff as well as local Elders and Traditional Teachers who have offered to provide guidance and make themselves available to you if you have any questions, concerns or cultural needs.
Transition and Orientation

A brief description of the institution’s programs to guide and prepare students and families from low-income backgrounds for higher education:

The Biishkaa program supports first-year Indigenous students in their transition to Fleming College! The Biishkaa program provides a holistic approach to incoming Indigenous students' well being by utilizing Elder's teachings and experiences on the land. It begins as a two-week on-campus summer orientation program and continues as a mentorship throughout the school year. This year there will also be two-weekend writing retreats built into the school year to help students stay on track and reconnect with all the Biishkaa students.
There are five upper-year Indigenous students that work as the Biishkaa Mentors to run the summer orientation and mentor incoming Indigenous students throughout the school year. The mentorship includes regular meetings with the Biishkaa Mentors who are available to help guide students in their transition to Fleming College and help them to become familiar with the City of Peterborough and surrounding First Nations communities.

The Biishkaa summer orientation generally includes:
Living in residence!
Getting connected with other Indigenous students!
Becoming familiar with campus and academic departments!
Sessions with Elders and Traditional Knowledge holders!
Day trips to the Petroglyphs Provincial Park, the Canadian Canoe Museum, and canoeing on the Otonabee River!

A brief description of the institution's scholarships for low-income students:

Additional information on Fleming bursaries and scholarships can be found on the College's website.

Below is a listing of some of the bursaries/scholarships available (2019):

Brian McIntosh Memorial Student Bursary: Awarded to a full-time Pre-Service Fire Fighter Student in financial need who demonstrates commitment and dedication.

Canadian Association of Equipment Distributors - Ontario Chapter Endowed Award: Awarded to a student in financial need, registered in the Motive Power Techniques - Heavy Equipment Program with a minimum academic standing of 70% or higher (GPA of 2.7 or higher).

Career & Work Counsellor Alumni Bursary: Awarded to full-time students in financial need, enrolled in any year at any campus who achieves a minimum academic status.

Carole and Don Finn Endowed Bursary: Awarded to a student in financial need in the Arts Certificate/Diploma program at the Haliburton campus.

CFUW 75th Anniversary Bursary: Awarded to a single mother in financial need.

Debbie Van Huizen Memorial Bursary: Awarded to a student in financial need, who is also a Varsity athlete at Fleming College

Donald Crump Endowed Bursary: Awarded to a student in financial need enrolled in the Arts Bird Carving course at Haliburton School of The Arts.

Fleming Foundation Bursary: Several bursaries are awarded to full-time students in financial need, in any program at any campus in their second or third year of a two or three-year program who achieve minimum academic status and are active in their community.

Haliburton Community Bursary: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and is registered in a certificate program at the Haliburton Campus.

Haliburton County Road Superintendents' Bursary: Awarded to two full-time students who are residents of the County of Haliburton and are enrolled in one of the following courses Geological Technician, Heavy Equipment Operator, Motive Power Techniques - Heavy Equipment, Geomatics Technician, Environment Technician, Resource Drilling, and Blasting Technician. The student must demonstrate financial need. Minimum academic status required.

Harriet Knor Endowed Bursary: Awarded to a full-time student in any year of any program that is a single parent. The eligible student must demonstrate financial need.

Irene Menzies Endowed Bursary: Awarded to a full time returning student, in either the Collections Conservation Program or Museum Management Program, in financial need who has demonstrated community involvement and volunteerism. Preference will be given to those who have volunteered in the library.

J.P. Bickell Foundation Scholarship: Awarded to a student in Earth Resources Technician program who demonstrates financial need.

Jack & Gayle Nelson Endowed Bursary: Awarded to full-time students in financial need, enrolled in any year at any campus who achieves a minimum academic status while demonstrating dedication and commitment to hard work.

Kathleen Finlay Memorial Bursary: Full-time student in Visual & Creative Arts program. Demonstration of financial need and preference given to a student in Drawing & Painting.

M. Jean McKerracher Student Bursaries: Available for full-time returning Ontario students in the School of Business who demonstrate financial need.

Metis Nation of Ontario Student Bursaries: Awarded to self-identified Metis students who demonstrate financial need.

Paul Edward Hanna Endowed Bursary: Awarded to a full-time student entering their first year or to a student registered in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences who demonstrates a financial need.

Peterborough and District Labour Council Student Bursary: Awarded to a student in financial need enrolled in their first year of a Technology or Skilled Trades Program. The applicant must be a graduate from a high school in Peterborough County.

Peterborough Horticultural Society Award: Awarded to a full-time student in financial need who has maintained an 85% average in their program. Preference will be given to a student enrolled in Urban Forestry. If there are no eligible candidates from Urban Forestry the award will be open to students in the Ecosystems Management Technician or Technology programs who meet the other criteria listed.

Ralph Ashford Student Bursary: Awarded to a student who demonstrates financial need and is a custodial parent (single or married). Preference will be given to a student enrolled in the Police Foundations Program. If there are no eligible students in Police Foundations Program the bursary will be opened up to any other student in a Law & Justice Program that meet the criteria listed above.

Steve Van Hemme Memorial Bursary: Awarded to a student demonstrating financial need registered in any year of the Paramedic Program.

The Tourism Company Student Bursary: Awarded to a full-time second-year student registered in the Tourism and Travel program who demonstrates financial need.

Timothy Dawe Memorial Bursary: Awarded to a student enrolled in the Heavy Equipment Operator program who demonstrates financial need.

A brief description of the institution’s targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:

Fleming College offers a range of outreach, recruitment, and financial services to support Aboriginal Learners to enter the College. Examples include a "one-stop" shop listing of aboriginal bursaries and scholarships.

Sample information:
The Aboriginal Post Secondary Education and Training Bursary is funded by the Government of Ontario. This bursary provides direct support to Aboriginal students with a demonstrated financial need, to access support to aid in their participation in postsecondary education and training.

Students must be Canadian citizens, permanent residents or protected persons and must meet Ontario residency requirements as per OSAP guidelines. Students are not required to have applied for OSAP. To be eligible for this bursary, a student must self-identify as an Aboriginal person. For the purposes of this bursary, an Aboriginal person in Canada, as recognized in the Constitution Act, 1982, is a person who identifies with First Nations (Status/Non-Status) Metis, or Inuit cultural and/or ancestral background. Students who self-identify as having an Aboriginal identity and/or heritage may also be considered for this award.

Your Financial Need must be equal to or exceed the value of the bursary. The value of each bursary is between $1,000 and $3,500 depending on need and number of qualified applicants. Successful applicants will be required to sign a Status Declaration as well as an Information and Disclosure agreement.

•Available to ALL students at Fleming College
•The student must have resided in Ontario for twelve months prior to beginning their post-secondary studies.

A brief description of the institution’s other policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

Fleming College offers a range of student worker positions to students receiving Ontario Student Assistance. The extra income and on-site training go along way to supporting students in financial need. In addition, Fleming College is committed to providing equal access to services, facilities and educational programs for persons with disabilities. If you have a documented medical, physical, psychological or learning disability you may be eligible for accommodations that can help you to succeed academically. The following are examples of academic accommodations and support services which may be put in place without cost to the student:
training in and access to technical aids (assistive equipment and software)
computerized note-taking for those with sight or hearing disabilities
alternatives to print materials
American Sign Language interpreting
alternative testing arrangements
counseling support
various other supports such as learning strategies, peer note-taking, and tutoring services
a full-time Learning Strategist and Assistive Technologist for students

Does the institution have policies and programs to support non-traditional students?:

A brief description of the institution’s scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

A large number of bursaries are awarded to students regardless if they are full or part-time students. Please see listing at http://flemingcollege.ca/financial-aid/scholarships-and-bursaries

A brief description of the institution’s on-site child care facility, partnership with a local facility, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

A brief description of the institution’s other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:

Recruitment for specific programs is aimed at part-time students that need to continue to work during their studies. A sample is below:
Why Choose Fleming:
Personal Support Worker is offered in a format that allows you to work while you study. The College ensures the program follows ministry guidelines, and as such, the program is widely recognized by agencies and related employers. There's a consistently high, over 90 percent employment rate for graduates of this program.

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (tracking accessibility and affordability)? (If data is not available, select 'No'):

The percentage of entering students that are low-income (0-100):

The graduation/success rate for low-income students (0-100):

On average, the percentage of need that was met for students who were awarded any need-based aid (e.g. as reported to the U.S. Common Data Set initiative, item H2) (0-100):

The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt or for whom no out-of-pocket tuition is required (i.e. the percentage of graduates who have not taken out interest-bearing loans) (0-100):

Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students (0-100):

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

The Ontario grant funding program for students is based on the cost of living and is calculated as a dollar amount as opposed to a percentage.

Please see link: https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/PostsecondaryEducation/OSAP/FinancialPlanning/TuitionandLivingCosts/


Fleming's Registrar's Office provided the total # of OSAP recipients as well as the # of enrolled students who received means-tested bursaries for financial support for the 18/19 academic year.

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