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Queen's University
 

OSAP Appeals

Adjust Vehicle Asset Exemption Level

Overview: vehicle exemptions levels

The table below shows the standard vehicle exemption levels for the Canada and Ontario portions of the need assessment by student category:

Student Category Canada Portion of Need Assessment Ontario Portion of Need Assessment
Single Student

$5,000

$5,000

Married Student

$5,000

$10,000

Sole Support Parent

$5,000

$10,000

These reviews apply to the asset exemption level for the total current gross market value of all owned or leased vehicles can be increased for single students from the standard exemption level of $5,000 to $10,000 as set out below for both the Canada and Ontario portion of the OSAP assessment.

 
SINGLE STUDENT
MARRIED STUDENT OR SOLE SUPPORT PARENT 

 

SINGLE STUDENTS

  • Public transit is not available to institution
  • Public transit is more than one-hour’s travel to institution
  • Travel required for student’s program and public transit unavailable
  • Travel required for student’s program and public transit is more than one hour’s travel
  • Single student resides at home and commutes to the institution
  • The vehicle is owned or leased by a student with disabilities

 

Single Student - Public Transit is Not Available to Institution

This review is for situations where public transit is not available from the student’s home to the post secondary institution.  

Documentation required:

 

Single Student - Public Transit is More Than One-Hour’s Travel to Institution

This review is for situations where public transit is more than one-hour’s travel from the student’s home to the post secondary institution.  

Documentation required:

  

Single Student - Travel Required for Student’s Program and Public Transit Unavailable

This review is for situations where access to a vehicle is required to fulfill the requirements of the student's program of studies (e.g., work placements) and no public transit is available between the student's home and the work placement(s).

Documentation required:

 

Single Student - Travel Required for Student’s Program and Public Transit is More Than One Hour’s Travel

This review is for situations where access to a vehicle is required to fulfill the requirements of a student's program of studies (e.g., work placements) and the use of public transit is more than one hour from student's home to the work placement(s).

Documentation required:

 

Single Student - Resides at Home and Commutes to the Institution

This review is for single dependent or independent students who reside at home and require access to a vehicle in order to commute to the institution.

Documentation required:

 

Single Student - Vehicle is Owned or Leased by a Student with Disabilities

Documentation required:

 

MARRIED STUDENT OR SOLE SUPPORT PARENT

Canada Portion
  • Public transit is not available or more than one hour’s travel to institution
  • Public transit is not available for the employed spouse of a married student from his/her home to place of employment
  • Public transit is more than one-hour’s travel from the employed spouse of a married student’s home to place of employment
  • Travel is required to fulfill the student’s program and public transit not available
  • Travel is required to fulfill student’s program and public transit is more than one hour
  • Spouse’s employment requires access to a vehicle
  • Sole-support parent or married student transports dependent children to and from a child care provider
  • The vehicle is owned or leased by a student or spouse with disabilities

Ontario Portion

  • The vehicle is owned or leased by a student/spouse with disabilities
  • Married student and spouse own two vehicles

 

Canada Portion (Married Student/Sole Support Parent) Public transit is not available or more than one hour’s travel to institution

This review is for situations where the student requires access to a vehicle because public transit is not available from the student’s home to the postsecondary institution, or public transit is more than one-hour’s travel from the student’s home to the postsecondary institution 

Documentation required:

 

Canada Portion (Married Student/Sole Support Parent) Public transit is not available for the employed spouse of a married student from his/her home to place of employment 

Documentation required:

 

Canada Portion (Married Student/Sole Support Parent) Public transit is more than one-hour’s travel from the employed spouse of a married student’s home to place of employment.

Documentation required:

 

Canada Portion (Married Student/Sole Support Parent)  Travel is required to fulfill the student’s program and public transit not available

This review is for situations where access to a vehicle is required to fulfill the requirements of the student's program of studies (e.g., work placements) and no public transit is available between the student's home and the work placement(s).

Documentation required:

 

Canada Portion (Married Student/Sole Support Parent)  Travel is required to fulfill student’s program and public transit is more than one hour

This review is for situations where access to a vehicle is required to fulfill the requirements of a student's program of studies (e.g., work placements) and the use of public transit is more than one hour from student's home to the work placement(s).

Documentation required:

 

Canada Portion (Married Student/Sole Support Parent)  Spouse's employment requires access to a vehicle

Documentation required:

 

Canada Portion (Married Student/Sole Support Parent)  Sole-support parent or married student transports dependent children to and from a child care provider

This review is for situations where sole support parents require a vehicle to transport their dependent children (e.g., under the age of 12 or age 12 and older with a permanent disability) to and from a child care provider. 

Documentation required:

  • a completed Request for Review: Vehicle Exemption Level form
  • a letter from student outlining his or her transportation requirements;
  • proof of child care arrangement including name and address of provider; and
  • proof of a permanent disability for children age 12 and older. 

 

Canada Portion (Married Student/Sole Support Parent)  The vehicle is owned or leased by a student/spouse with disabilities

Documentation required:

 

Ontario Portion (Married Student/Sole Support Parent) Vehicle is owned or leased by a student/spouse with disabilities

Documentation required:

 

Ontario Portion (Married Student/Sole Support Parent)  Married student and spouse own two vehicles

For this review, use of a vehicle for both the spouse and the student must be required. For the student, one of the following conditions must apply:

  • Public transit is not available or is more than one-hour’s travel from the student’s home to the postsecondary institution; or
  • Access to a vehicle is required to fulfill the requirements of a student’s program of studies (e.g., work placements) and no public transit is available or the use of public transit is more than one hour from the student’s home to the work placement(s); or. 
  • A vehicle is required to transport dependent children to and from a child care provider.

For the spouse, one of the following conditions must apply:

  • Public transit is not available to the spouse’s place of work, or 
  • Public transit is more than one-hour’s travel to the spouse’s place of work.

Documentation required:

  • a letter from the student outlining the spouse's transportation requirements;
  • confirmation of the location of the spouse's place of employment; 
  • a letter from the student outlining his/her transportation requirements;
  • confirmation of program of study requirements, if applicable.
  • proof of child care arrangement including name and address of provider, if applicable; and
  • proof of location(s) of student’s work placement (e.g., a map) and the distance.
  • the information provided on the application form is an over-evaluation of the vehicle’s value;
  • the Ministry has been unable to verify the vehicle’s value and has sent the student a letter (Notice of Vehicle Verification) to indicate that the student must document the value of a specific vehicle; or 
  • the Ministry has verified the vehicle’s value with the Ministry of Transportation for Ontario (MTO) and the value provided by MTO is an over-evaluation of the vehicle value due to severe damage or excessive wear.

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