Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 49.78
Liaison Herbert Sinnock
Submission Date April 20, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Sheridan College (Ontario)
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.95 / 4.00 Laurie Jackson
Financial Aid and Awards
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Does the institution have policies and programs in place 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:

The following bursaries and awards are available for low-income students through the Sheridan Student Assistance Program (https://www.sheridancollege.ca/admissions/financial-aid-and-awards/assistance-programs.aspx):

1. Sheridan Entrance Bursaries
Sheridan Entrance Bursaries are made available through the Sheridan Student Assistance Program to assist students entering their first year of full-time attendance at Sheridan. These awards of $250 to $1,500 each are provided based on financial need. If students have concerns about financing their first year of studies, they are advised to complete a Sheridan Entrance Bursary Application form.

2. Sheridan Student Leadership Award
The Sheridan Student Leadership Award provides award amounts up to $5,000 (for tuition only) and was designed to identify and recognize students who demonstrate a capacity for leadership, proven academic proficiency to succeed in their program of study and financial need.

3. Sheridan Tuition Set-Aside Bursaries (for OSAP and non-OSAP students)
Bursaries made available through the Sheridan Student Assistance Program are based primarily on financial need and are intended for students who need assistance or anticipate financial difficulty during the school year.

Another way that school is made more affordable for low-income students is through the Ontario Student Assistance Program’s (OSAP; https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal) Student Access Guarantee (SAG; https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/PostsecondaryEducation/OSAP/OSAP004003.html) policy. Sheridan is required to provide financial assistance through the Tuition Set Aside Fund to meet any amount over $100 of unmet need on a student’s OSAP assessment. Another OSAP program is called the Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards (OAG-CW; https://osap.gov.on.ca/OSAPPortal/en/A-ZListofAid/PRDR007085.html). Students who are Crown Wards or Former Crown Wards who demonstrate financial need can get a bursary from Sheridan to cover their tuition fees.

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

There are pockets of expertise throughout the College. Examples include: Financial Aid and Awards, Student Advisement and Counselling, and the First Year Experience Student Success teams.

A brief description of any programs to prepare students from low-income backgrounds for higher education:


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

Academic Scholarships and Bursaries
The Academic Scholarships and Bursaries administered by Sheridan are designed to support current full-time students in various fields of study.

Scholarships are awarded based on criteria that may include academic achievement, community involvement, demonstrated leadership skills and financial need. Bursaries are awarded based primarily on financial need although academic achievement and community involvement may be considered. The eligibility criteria vary for each award. In addition, external awards are available from sources outside Sheridan which may include corporate, private or community organizations.


A brief description of any programs to guide parents of low-income students through the higher education experience:

The Financial Aid and Awards department does outreach in high schools in Sheridan’s catchment area. Parents of students do sometimes attend these outreach events, but the focus is not on guiding parents. Also, Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90f31_e.htm) requires that Sheridan’s Financial Aid and Awards department deals directly with students (unless there is specific consent to release information on the student’s OSAP application).

A brief description of any targeted outreach to recruit students from low-income backgrounds:


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


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

Sheridan Work-study Assistance Program
The Financial Aid & Awards Office administers the Ontario Work Study Program and the Sheridan Work Study Programs. The programs subsidize students’ on-campus paid employment while they are registered as full-time Sheridan students.

There are two streams of the work study program. One is for students working part-time and the other is for students working full-time between academic terms or on a co-op term. The employer sets the wage and the number of hours.

1. Work Study Program
The Work Study Program is a part-time employment program for students. Students may earn up to $1,500 per term in employment income through this program.

2. Sheridan Between Academic Terms (BAT) Program
This is a full-time employment program for students who are not currently in an academic term. They may be on a co-op term or break between terms. Students may earn up to $7,593.75 in employment income in one semester of the BAT Program (based on 37.5 hours/week at $13.50/hr for 15 weeks).


A brief description of other policies and programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students not covered above:


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

A brief description of any scholarships provided specifically for part-time students:

The following policies and programs are in place at Sheridan to support non-traditional students:
- Students who attend part-time: Part time OSAP
- Student with dependents other than a spouse or partner: N/A
- Single parents: OSAP, Sheridan Bursaries, and the Sheridan Work Study Program
- Student who work full-time while enrolled: OSAP, Sheridan Bursaries (if enrolled full time), Sheridan Work Study Program (if applicable)
- Students who are financially independent from parents: If they meet the OSAP criteria for independence, they can be covered by OSAP, Sheridan Bursaries, and the Sheridan Work Study Program
- Students who did not receive a standard secondary school diploma but who earned some type of certificate of completion: As long as they are enrolled full time in a post secondary program at Sheridan, they can access OSAP, Sheridan Bursaries, and the Sheridan Work Study Program.

Scholarships/Bursaries for part-time students:

Kathleen Blinkhorn Aboriginal Student Scholarship
Eligibility Criteria:
You are an Aboriginal student currently living in non-profit housing in Ontario.
You are enrolled in a college, university or private trade school recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
You have a full-time or part-time (minimum 60 per cent) course load.

Aboriginal Postsecondary Education Training (PSET) Bursary
Eligibility Criteria:
Open to students who are pursuing education or training opportunities on a part-time and/or full-time basis including apprenticeship programs
Open to Aboriginal peoples including First Nation, Inuit and Metis peoples
Demonstrate financial need

The Diamler Chrysler Canada Bursary
Eligibility Criteria:
Good academic standing at Sheridan College (minimum 2.0 GPA)
Demonstrate financial need
Demonstrate community leadership and/or involvement

General Scholarship for Higher Learning
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Our executive management team will go through all entries, and the most impressive entrants will be considered for the scholarships. How do you impress us? We want to feel your enthusiasm. Show us how a college education will make a difference to your life, and how you intend to use your college degree.” http://www.interior-deluxe.com/content/58-scholarship

Hydro One
Eligibility Criteria:
First Nations/Métis/Inuit students in good academic standing currently in their first, second, or
third year of Electrical, Mechanical, Civil or Engineering/Technology, Computer Science, Forestry, Business, Information Technology, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science/Studies – or a combination of these programs.
Demonstrated leaderships skills and involvement in extra-curricular campus/community activities
Demonstrated strength in oral and written communication skills

Indspire's mission is to ensure that every Indigenous person has the resources to reach their full potential. Since 1985, lndspire has awarded more than $65 million through 20,000 scholarships and bursaries to First Nation, Inuit, and Metis students across Canada.

Indigenous Reporters Scholarship Fund
Eligible to Indigenous students currently enrolled in a post-secondary media program at a Canadian institution.

James Lee Foundation Scholarship
The annual Scholarship is intended to recognize and help a promising, aspiring talent to do their best work. Ultimately, the award will be given to an up-and-coming “creative rebel” – someone who’s driven to do things differently and has a passion for their craft. A scholarship of up to $5,000 will be awarded on the basis of the portfolio that demonstrates the most original thinking and craftsmanship according to a judging panel made up of a representative from each of the JLF’s five founding member agencies: DDB Canada, Grip Limited, Lowe Roche, Rethink, and TBWA Vancouver, as well as James Lee's family.

Joseph Morrison
The Joseph Morrison Legacy Fund offers a bursary to Aboriginal students in need who exemplify the values and dedication of the late Justice and Elder Joseph Donald Morrison. Joseph devoted his life to family, community and nation, promoting cultural understanding and lifelong learning. He encouraged young people along the way to be strong and proud as Aboriginal peoples, to show respect and care for themselves and others.

Métis Nation of Ontario
Eligibility Criteria:
Must have Metis status (must provide documentation to support status)
Ontario resident
At least one grandparent is aboriginal

POGO Multidisciplinary Symposium
Eligibility Criteria:
Students, residents and fellows in the fields of medicine, nursing, allied health and psychosocial support are encouraged to apply.

OSAP grants:
Ontario Part-Time Grant
“As a component of the OSAP Application for Part-Time Students, the Ontario Part-Time Grant provides provides grant aid to eligible part-time low-income students to help them with their costs of education.”

Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Studies
“As a component of the OSAP Application for Part-Time Students, the Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Studies provides grant aid to low-income students studying on a part-time basis.”

Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Students with Dependants
“As a component of the OSAP Application for Part-Time Students, the Canada Student Grant for Part-Time Students with Dependants provides grant aid to part-time students with dependant children under 12 years of age and/or dependant children 12 years of age or older who have a permanent disability.”

A brief description of any onsite child care facilities, partnerships with local facilities, and/or subsidies or financial support to help meet the child care needs of students:

Sheridan has day care centres in Oakville and Mississauga. The Sheridan College Child Care Centre is located on the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville. The Mississauga Civic Centre Child Care Centre, operated by Sheridan College, is a six minute walk from the Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga.


A brief description of other policies and programs to support non-traditional students:


Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (accessibility and affordability indicators)?:

Indicators that the institution is accessible and affordable to low-income students::
Percentage (0-100)
The percentage of entering students that are low-income ---
The graduation/success rate for low-income students ---
The percentage of student financial need met, on average 95
The percentage of students graduating with no interest-bearing student loan debt ---

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

The website URL where information about the institution's affordability and access programs is available:

About 95% of financial need under the Student Access Guarantee (as defined by the Ontario Student Assistance Program) is met by Sheridan College each year. This encompasses all students who applied for OSAP. This value has been adjusted to reflect all students who could have demonstrated a financial need, not just those who received OSAP.

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