Who is eligible for post secondary funding?
Answer:  ONLY a registered Six Nations member with a valid status card can apply.  If you are a registered Six Nations member and you have  met the entrance requirements for and been enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in an eligible post secondary program then you can apply for post secondary education assistance through the Grand River Post Secondary Education Office.  Questions about membership can be directed to the Six Nations membership office at (519) 445-4613.            

Can I apply for funding without a letter of acceptance or without confirmed registration from a College or University.
AnswerYes - you do not have to wait for these items.  Your information can always be changed on your application if it is different than when your application was completed.            

When can an applicant expect to hear whether their application for post secondary funding has been approved?n
Answer:  Given the volume of applications to process, it takes at least three weeks to process an application once the processing starts for completed applications in a particular priority.

 Application Processing Schedule "Subject to availability of funds"

  Winter 2018

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

Winter 2019

 
Resid 1
Resid 2
Resid 1
Resid 2
Resid 1
Resid 2
Resid 1
Resid 2
 Priorities 1 to 3
Oct 20
Nov 10 Feb 9

Apr. 13
June 15
Oct 19
Nov 9
 Priority 4
Oct 27 Nov 17 Feb 16

May 11
June 22
Oct 26 Nov 16
 Priority 5 to 7
Nov 3


June 1
July 6
Nov 2

The GRPSEO’s Application Approval Processing Schedule for 2018/2019 provides the earliest date that an eligible application can be recommended to the Director for approval. Note that applications are processed by priority for each intake. There is limited processing for summer and winter applications due to limited availability of funding.  All applicants are encouraged to seek an alternate source of funding (such as OSAP, Dreamcatcher or Indspire) to assist with the expenses of going to school.            

An application can be recommended if:
(1) the application was received by the application deadline date, 
(2) required documents were received by the application approval processing date,  
(3) the applicant is otherwise eligible, and 
(4) there are sufficient funds for the application priority.  

FYI - Post Secondary Funding Advisors (Funding Advisor) review all applications and assign a processing priority. This priority is printed on the Checklist of Required Documentation that is sent to the applicant by their Funding Advisor.  

Example: You have submitted an application for Fall 2018 funding and your priority is a 4b (Residency 2).  You have sent in all the required documents to GRPSEO including an acceptance letter from the school you will be attending. It is now April 1, 2018. Your application will not be processed for funding until June 22, 2018. This is the earliest date that you can expect to be notified whether your application for funding can be approved. You must decide whether to accept the offer of admission and send in a deposit to hold your seat or wait to hear about your funding application. If you have any questions please call the GRPSEO and speak to your Funding Advisor.

Who am I supposed to see or contact if I have questions?
Answer:  This depends on the purpose of your contact. The receptionist at the GRPSEO can direct you to the right person. When in doubt, contact your Funding Advisor. Your Funding Advisor's name is on your approved application for assistance form (client copy).

I've been approved for post secondary funding, now what?
Answer:  You will receive a copy of the approved application in the mail along with a copy of the sponsorship letter that is sent to your post secondary institution. It is your responsibility to register with the post secondary institution. Remember to check with your post secondary institution for specific dates and deadlines. If you stay in residence, you must let your Funding Advisor know prior to your first month's education allowance being released. Be aware of your institution's deadlines for residence.
        

When will my monthly education allowance be deposited?
Answer:  If you have been approved for a monthly education allowance then it is directly deposited to your bank account by the first of each month.  Any problems with your file at the GRPSEO may result in the deposit being delayed.  Keep in touch with your Funding Advisor to make sure everything is okay.
        

Detailed tuition fee information.  What is it?
Answer: : The detailed tuition fee information is a statement/listing which shows what fees are included in your tuition amount.  (ie:) Health and dental plan, association fees and activity fees etc.  Your detailed tuition fee information will have your name/student number on the statement.  This can be obtained through your student account on your school website.  Your detailed tuition fee information is due October 1st for fall and February 1st for winter.  This statement is required to pay your tuition invoice.
        

How do I opt-out of an optional health insurance plan, and where can I access information on the non-insured health benefits
Answer:  Only mandatory tuition and mandatory student fees are covered in approved tuition assistance through GRPSEO.  Avoid charges for optional student fees by opting out at the start of the semester.  Check with your institution on when fees are applied and the deadline for opting out.

First Nations and Inuit Health Branch works with First Nations and Inuit communities, other Health Canada branches, and federal government departments to provide health programs and services.  The Non-Insured Health Benefits Program (NIHB) provides a range of health related goods and services to eligible beneficiaries who are status Indians, recognized Inuit and recognized Innu people in Canada. The NIHB Program offers specific health related benefits not provided by other agencies such as provincial and territorial health plans or other third party plans. These benefits include vision and dental care, medical transportation, drugs, medical supplies and equipment and others.  Visit here to access more information.

May I receive an advance on my education allowance?
Answer:  No. There are deadlines and procedures in place for receiving monthly education allowance.

May I receive more book money?
Answer:  No. There are limitations for book and supply assistance.

May I change academic programs if I already started one?
Answer:  You need to be aware of deadlines and procedures for both the college or university as well as Grand River Post Secondary Education Office. Speak with your Funding Advisor before you decide to change academic programs.

How often should I have contact with my Grand River Post Secondary Funding Advisor?
Answer:  You should have direct contact a minimum of once per semester. Full time students will have either direct or indirect contact with Funding Advisor at least eight times per year i.e.

  • To complete an application for education assistance before the next applications deadline.
  • To review progress to date, share successes and concerns.
  • To discuss marks, progress reports, transcripts.
  • To submit required documentation.
  • To confirm that all required documentation has been submitted to maintain eligibility for education assistance.
  • To discuss your education plan.
    **Contact can be made with your Funding Advisor in several ways. For example by telephone; by mail; in office visits and through e-mail.

Is an appointment required to meet with my Funding Advisor?
Answer: An appointment is preferred to ensure your Funding Advisor is available when you arrive.

Overpayment? How do I clear this up so that I can receive funding again?
Answer: 
Once notified of an overpayment by the "overpayment report," contact GRPSEO to make arrangements about your payment. If you are successfully returning and you are unable to pay the full amount, it is possible to arrange a monthly payment schedule.  A 15% discount may be applied if payment will be made in full.
            

I plan to attend post secondary at an institution outside of Ontario, is there any difference in the funding I will receive?
Answer:  The amount of assistance has limitations in place.  It is based on the mandatory tuition rate in a public post secondary institution in Canada for the same program.  If a student attends a private or out of country institution and the tuition costs are higher than this then the outstanding tuition balance is the student’s responsibility.  Assistance for accredited private and out of country institutions is available for one level of study only.  

Residency Categories-FAQs

 *Students must have maintained their Permanent Home Residence address for a full 12 months prior to the start of the application academic period for which they have applied for Education Assistance.

*PLEASE NOTE: A Post Office Box will not be acceptable as your permanent home address. You must be able to provide a physical home address or your application will not be processed.


Does this mean that off-reserve students outside the 100 km radius of Six Nations of the Grand River are not eligible for funding now?
Answer: No it does not. All Six Nations Band members are still eligible for funding under the new policy.

I live in the United States but my address is within the 100 km from the hub of Six Nations (1670 Chiefswood Rd, Ohsweken Ontario), will I be eligible for Residency 1?
Answer: No. The new policy states that our current Priority 6 (students from other countries) will NOT be eligible under Residency Category 1.

How will the 100 km radius be calculated? 
Answer: The 100 km has already been pre-defined as seen on the map below and was created using  www.freemaptools.com using the point of origin as 1670 Chiefswood Rd, Ohsweken, Ontario.  (This is the North-West corner of Chiefswood Rd and Fourth Line Rd in Ohsweken, Ontario.)
RadiusCircle

*NOTE: while the 100 km radius extends into the United States, students outside of the Canadian Border will not be eligible under the Residency 1 Category.

We will then locate your permanent home address (provided on your application and verified  by your submitted required documentation) on the radius map above to determine your  Residency category as a 1 (within the 100km) or a 2 (outside of the 100km). 

How will you verify my permanent home address?
Answer: Each student is required to submit   documentation which will verify the permanent home address you input on your application  form.

What are the documents accepted by GRPSEO as verification of permanent home address?
Answer: The GRPSEO will accept the following documents to verify your permanent home address:

    • Driver’s Licence
    • Documentation from your chosen institution which shows your permanent home address ((i.e.) Letter of acceptance, enrollment letter or tuition fee statement)
    • An official copy of your college or university application which shows your permanent home address.
    • A notarized letter verifying your permanent home address.
    • Any other form of documentation must be approved by the Director of GRPSEO.


If I am in the Residency 2 category, when can I expect to be notified of funding?
Answer:  The processing schedule can be found on our website under the FAQ section. These are the earliest possible dates you can hear from our office regarding your application.

In many instances, students should be prepared to make their own deposits to their chosen institutions to secure their seat in their program.

Community Service   Click the Community Service Activity Form

Are the volunteer hours required to be completed with a First Natiions organization or service provider only?
Answer: Yes, preferably within the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. In the event that a  student is not able to complete their community service hours within the Six Nations of the  Grand River Territory and can provide justifiable reasoning to their Post Secondary Funding Advisor, the  GRPSEO will accept community service hours accumulated through a First Nations  organization or service provider within the closest First Nation community to the student  including an urban center.

Acceptable First Nations Organizations or Service Providers outside of Six Nations of the Grand River can include (but are not limited to): First Nations Student Services within their Educational Institutions, local First Nations Friendship Centers, First Nations Schools or other First Nations Community Organizations. Students can contact their Funding Advisors to receive confirmation if their chosen location for Community Hours will be acceptable.

When will I be required to submit my 10 Community service hours to GRPSEO?
Answer: You are required to submit your community service hours no later than August 1st. 

The Community Service Activity Form is a required document and failure to submit to the GRPSEO will result in the cancellation of your application for funding in the following year. Don’t procrastinate  on completion and submission of your community hours.         

What other sources of funding are available?
Answer: You can apply to the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).  We encourage all students to apply for all scholarships/awards/bursaries  that they are eligible for.  We recommend that students check at their particular institution for any aboriginal specific scholarships and also the following:

Indspire  
Dreamcatcher Fund