See the links below for information about Unit 1 benefits:
Applications for the Unit 1 Summer Financial Assistance Funds (the Childcare Financial Assistance Fund, International Health Plan Assistance Fund, Unfunded Students Assistance Fund, and Research Assistants Defence Fund) are still being processed. Cheques will still be mailed by the end of July, as stated in the confirmation emails. To clarify, the Graduate Student Bursary Fund (GSBF) is a separate fund unrelated to the Summer Financial Assistance Funds. We are monitoring the potential of a postal workers strike and will be in touch if that changes our plans to mail cheques.
Health Benefits – More Details
Most questions are answered in the above documents. However, if you are now enrolled and have specific questions about claims, coverage, or online services, you can contact Green Shield Canada at 1-888-711-1119. If you have any questions about your eligibility or are not yet loaded into the Plan, please contact the U of T Benefits Department at email@example.com or 416-978-2598.
Please note that in order for plans to be properly coordinated it is vital that you register for your plan services with your name exactly as it appears in your student/PDF enrolment.
Graduate Student Bursary Fund (GSBF)
We have now contacted all members that we have determined may be eligible for the Graduate Student Bursary Fund (GSBF) for the September 2014 – August 2015 academic year through their University of Toronto email accounts. These personalised disbursement emails outline the next steps to take to claim any funds you may be eligible for.
This fund will top up 2014-15 funding to $17,000 + tuition and fees for anyone who had Unit 1 work (TA, CI, CPO, etc.) during that year. If you believe you are eligible for the GSBF for the 2014-15 academic year and have not received a disbursement email from the Union, please check all of your U of T email accounts, including junk and spam folders. If you cannot find the email anywhere and you believe that you are eligible, please see this form.
Here are the steps and projected timeline of the process:
- The claims forms have been opened for a first phase. Eligible members can fill out the relevant claims form. Depending on whether the amount in the email you received is accurate or not, you will either fill out a Confirmation Form or a Correction Form (along with relevant documentation). All instructions on how to proceed are in each member’s personalised disbursement email.
- On August 8 at 11:59pm, the forms will close temporarily and all claims submitted will be processed.
- On September 1, the forms will open again for a second phase. Since it is very difficult to process funds when the forms are open, we are having two phases for the 2014-15 round only in order to balance the two competing needs: the need to reach as many members as possible (which means having the forms open for a long time) and the need to get members their money as soon as possible (which means having the forms close quickly).
- On September 30 at 11:59pm, the forms will close permanently and all claims submitted will be processed. No claims will be accepted after this deadline.
For more information about the disbursement process, a presentation on it is available here: https://goo.gl/Mbg67N. There will be info sessions during the months of July and September to assist members with the process. If you have any questions, check out the GSBF FAQ here: https://goo.gl/IUVFHh. The FAQ will be continuously updated as we receive more questions, so if you have questions that aren’t answered there, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following are the major takeaway points about the GSBF disbursement process:
- You will have to fill out at least one form in order to get your GSBF.
- The Union will contact you about your eligibility, provide you the relevant forms, and guide you through the process.
- Do not expect that the initial disbursement amount that we calculate for you based on the University’s data will be correct.
- Check the amount of TAship in your funding letter against what’s given in the disbursement email – this is the most likely culprit for an incorrect disbursement amount.
- The Union has all of the money, and will ensure that no one will fall through the cracks. The process may be complicated, but we will ensure that the fund is distributed fairly and equitably.