Ontario Tech University Spotlight: Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA)


Keisha Deoraj

 

Post-secondary education, while it has its perks, can be pretty stressful. Balancing assignments, midterms, and exams for multiple courses can be a lot to manage. In addition, some students worry about how they are going to fund their post-secondary education.

While post-secondary education is key in alleviating cycles of poverty, increasing post-secondary education costs provides barriers to students that seem impossible to move without assistance. That's where Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) can help!

What is SAFA?

SAFA is a team of knowledgeable individuals who are dedicated to helping students achieve financial success while pursuing their post-secondary studies. 

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How can SAFA help you?

SAFA has many resources that students at all levels of education can find useful. The following are some of the key resources available on the SAFA website. 

1. Government aid

Government aid such as the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) and more. Students can find out more about these programs, from the application to the submission, loan repayment and the entire process through SAFA.

2. Scholarships and bursaries

A number of generous donors, such as external businesses, generous individuals, organizations, provincial and federal governments, and our very own Ontario Tech University, contribute to various scholarships and bursaries that are available to Ontario Tech students. Students can find out more on the types of awards that are available, eligibility requirements, how to apply, important dates and useful information by contacting SAFA.

Some scholarships and bursaries are faculty- and/or subject-specific, so make sure to reach out to SAFA with any questions you may have. 

3. On-campus work

Students who demonstrate financial need can apply to different on-campus jobs through MyCampus portal under the Student Awards and Financial Aid (SAFA) tab. SAFA provides variety of opportunities for students - domestic, international, mature and more. You can learn about the University Works Program and its requirement.

4. Additional resources

Helpful resources such as budgeting tactics, financial planning, and credit are some of the services that SAFA provides to students. Useful tools such as a budgeting calculator, money-saving tips, financial literacy workshops, and emergency assistance are all also available on SAFA's website.  

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Who can access SAFA's services?

All Ontario Tech University students can access SAFA's services. For privacy reasons, students are required to present your valid student card and government-issued photo identification when you visit.

Students should  make use of their institutional email address or their home mailing address for all communications with SAFA.

SAFA guarantees that no personal information regarding your student account will be released to anyone without your precise written permission.

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How can you contact SAFA?

The Student Awards and Financial Aid office is located in the Office of the Registrar, at the North Oshawa location, in the Software and Informatics Research Centre (SIRC) building

You can also place a call at 905.721.3190, option 5, or send an email at connect@ontariotechu.ca