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Family and Single Student Subsidy

Family and Single Student Subsidy

**The GSS will now offer subsidies to eligible single graduate students, using funds from the current Family Subsidy budget, starting in April 2022**

The GSS is proud to continue its Family Subsidy program to assist graduate students. Graduate students in demonstrated financial need are eligible to apply to receive funding. Please note that subsidy amounts vary due to funding. Priority will be given to applicants with dependents under the age of 22 years. The Graduate Council has approved and started a pilot of the Single Student Subsidy program, beginning in April 2022. The program will be revised and may be subjected to updates and/or modifications.

Applications open at the beginning of each semester and are due on the following dates:

Dates for the 2023 Calendar Year:

Spring term
Opening: Thur, Jan 19, 2023 at 4pm
Closing: Mon, Mar 6, 2023 at 9am

Summer term
Opening: Mon, May 8, 2023 at 9am
Closing: Mon, Jun 19, 2023 at 4pm (extended to Wed, June 21, 2023 at 9:30am)

Fall term
Opening: Tue, Sep 5, 2023 at 9am
Closing: Fri, Oct 13, 2023 at 4pm

Acceptable External Confirmation documents include: Scholarship Award Letters, TA/RA Contracts, or Paycheque stubs. We cannot accept zero income, you must provide proof of funds.

If you use a CRA Notice of Assessment, it must provide proof of all income/funds. We cannot accept it as a standalone External Confirmation document if it does not provide sufficient proof of your funds.

Notification of results usually occurs within one month of the closing date(s). Applications are accepted after the add/drop deadline for each semester and adjudicated on a rolling basis.






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Family and Single Student Subsidy Regulations:

  • All first-time applicants will be automatically enrolled in the Quest Food Exchange program.
  • Family Subsidy: Awarded to students with dependent(s) (under age 22). We will also consider families with no dependents but who are taking care of elderly relatives, and those who have children over the age of 22.
  • Single Student Subsidy (Pilot Program): Awarded to students, including those in common-law partnerships, without dependents based on remaining available funding.
  • Only one (1) FSA/SSSA may be granted to an applicant per academic year.
  • The maximum number of FSAs granted per family cannot exceed three (3) in total.*
  • Secondary applications must show evidence of applications to external sources (e.g. official documentation of denial of subsidy, awards, and government services).
  • Non-essential expenses (e.g. flights) will not be considered.

*Families with multiple graduate students will be considered as one family, as such, the maximum limit of three (3) applies per family. No exceptions.

Important to Note: We will contact successful applicants to obtain their banking information in order to complete an Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT).

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