This appeal is for students who have had a family breakdown and are no longer in regular contact with their parent(s) or guardian(s). Conditions under which OSAP may declare the student has a valid family breakdown situation and permit a student to apply for OSAP without their parent(s) information if there is:
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Drug or alcohol addiction in the student's family
- Mental abuse
Family breakdown reviews which are submitted for the following reasons will not be considered (the list is exhaustive):
- Parents feel that it is the responsibility of the government to fund post-secondary education;
- Parents feel that once the student reaches the age of 18, the student is independent;
- Parents do not agree with the student's choice of program or institution;
- Parents do not approve of the student's living arrangements
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skill Development expects dependent students (less than four years out of high school) to report parental income on their OSAP application. Due to family circumstances, a student may not have access to the information for one or both parents. The Ministry may consider your application without your parent(s) information under certain extenuating circumstances.
Complete the Family Breakdown Appeal Form if the nature of your breakdown meets the relevant criteria.