George Brown College & Student Association COVID 19 Relief Fund Application

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George Brown College and the Student Association of George Brown College have provided funds to establish the GBC & Student Association COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Eligibility:

This fund is to assist students enrolled in the Spring 2020 semester facing any of the following financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Job loss for student
  2. Increased living costs (temporary location change, community supports no longer available, etc.)
  3. Job loss of family member who offered direct support to the student
  4. Travel restrictions or increased travel costs
  5. Increased educational costs such as access to wi-fi, data plan etc.
  • The fund is open to both domestic and international students.
  • Students must be enrolled in a full-time program in the Spring 2020 semester.
  • Students must provide an explanation of financial impact due to Covid-19.
  • Students must demonstrate financial need as per the information provided in the budget section of the application.

Please note: Due to limited funding availability, students who have already received funding from the Covid-19 Relief Fund in the Winter 2020 semester are not eligible to be considered for funding again in the Spring 2020 semester. Please do not submit an application if you have already been approved for this fund during the Winter 2020 semester.

Application Process:

To apply, please complete the Covid-19 Relief Fund Application under the Student Awards tab on STU-VIEW.

The application will open on July 13th, 2020.

The application deadline is: July 24th, 2020 (5:00 PM). Please note that this fund is subject to available funds.

For students who have any questions or require assistance completing the application, please do not hesitate to reach out to the COVID-19 Relief Team at COVID19Fund@georgebrown.ca.

Processing and Payment:

After the online application portal has closed, processing times for applications is approximately 2 - 4 business weeks. If approved for funding, funds will be sent through direct deposit to the bank account entered in Stu-View by the student.

The College will issue a T4A form to all recipients who receive a bursary. Students MUST ensure their SIN or ITN has been updated in Stu-View.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have already submitted an application and have any questions, please refer to our FAQ’s below:

Who is eligible to apply?

Domestic or International students enrolled in a full-time program for the Spring 2020 semester who are facing any of the following financial hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

  1. Job loss for student
  2. Increased living costs (temporary location change, community supports no longer available, etc.)
  3. Job loss of family member who offered direct support to the student
  4. Travel restrictions or increased travel costs
  5. Increased educational costs such as access to Wi-Fi, data plan etc.
How much money can an applicant expect to receive?

Students who meet the eligibility criteria are expected to receive up to $500. Each application will be evaluated according to financial need.

How will applicants know if they’re receiving any funding?

All students who have submitted an application will receive an email containing an application status after the processing is complete.

When should applicants expect a response on the application?

Students will receive a response after the application has closed. Our goal is to respond no later than one week after the application deadline.

What is the processing time upon submitting the application?

After the online application portal has closed, processing time for applications is approximately 2 - 4 business weeks.

If applicant is approved, when can they expect to receive the funds?

If approved for funding, funds will be sent through direct deposit to the bank account entered in Stu-View by the student.

Is the submission of applications being considered on a first come first served basis? Or are they all being reviewed once the deadline is closed?

This is deadline based to ensure everyone has equal consideration.

If the applicant emails

Students can expect to receive a response within 24 – 48 hours (weekends excluded).

Will this impact the applicants OSAP or Second Career funding?

No, this will not impact OSAP or Second Career funding.

Will the money received be considered part of the applicants taxable income?

Yes, The College will issue a T4A form to all recipients who receive a bursary. Students should submit this when filing 2020 taxes with CRA.

Does the applicant have to pay anything back?

No, this funding is non-repayable.

If an applicant is denied, can they appeal the decision?

This is a special initiative with limited funds and there is no appeal option. As noted on the application website, this fund is subject to availability and there is no guarantee that everyone who submits an application will be approved.

If an applicant doesn't have a SIN or ITN, can they still submit an application?

If you are an international student and you do not have a SIN/ITN, please contact COVID19Fund@georgebrown.ca for further assistance.

What if the applicant made a mistake on their application or forgot to provide some information?

Please email COVID19Fund@georgebrown.ca and provide any updated information you would like to include in your application before the July 24th deadline.

If you have any other questions, please contact us as COVID19Fund@georgebrown.ca.