Financial Assistance Funds

As a result of the collective bargaining efforts by the Union this year, we have been able to make several changes to the financial assistance funds available to CUPE 3902 Unit 1 members. Furthermore, we’ve moved to an online application process.

Three funds (USAF, PMAF and RADF) are available to qualifying students based solely on their program and funding scenario. Two funds (IHPAF and CFAF) are available to students and post-doctoral fellows in order to partially reimburse UHIP costs and childcare expenses respectively.

There is no Fellowship Defence Fund per se this year.  The portion of that dedicated to the Wage Equity Fund has been eliminated due to improvements in our new collective agreement and the portion of it dedicated to helping compensate those required to work a large number of RA hours toward their funding package is now the Research Assistants Defence Fund.

The revised deadline for applications is Wednesday, June 10th 2015 at 11:59 pm. All mailed materials must be postmarked by Thursday, June 11th 2015 at the latest. We will inform members that their application materials have been successfully received and complete by Monday, June 22nd 2015 and hope to have cheques mailed out in July.

Unfunded Student Assistance Fund (USAF)

The Unfunded Student Assistance Fund is for those members who were never part of the ‘funded cohort’. Generally speaking this includes those in undergraduate programs and those in masters and PhD programs who were never funded.

Additionally, as a one-time bridging measure, the fund will be open for this year only (2014-2015) to members in Year 7+ of a PhD, regardless of whether they were members of a funded cohort. This fund is an update of the previous Financial Assistance Fund (FAF); a portion of this new fund is specifically earmarked for Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) students.

Application link: https://cupe3902.wufoo.com/forms/cupe-3902-unit-1-usaf-application/

Eligibility:

1)      You must have been registered as a student in an eligible program (see above) during Fall 2014 and/or Winter 2015.

2)      You must have performed at least 30 hours of Unit 1 work between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015

Professional Masters Assistance Fund (PMAF)

The Professional Masters Assistance Fund is for members who are registered in a Professional Masters program and who pay program fees above the basic levels established for domestic or international students. Undergraduate and doctoral candidate students are not eligible.

Application link: https://cupe3902.wufoo.com/forms/cupe-3902-unit-1-pmaf-application/

Eligibility:

1)      You must have been registered as a professional masters student during Fall 2014 and/or Winter 2015.

2)      You must have performed at least 30 hours of Unit 1 work between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015.

Research Assistants Defence Fund (RADF)

The Research Assistants Defence Fund is for those members who are part of the funded cohort as defined by the University of Toronto, and have been forced to undertake taxable RA work as part of your minimum $15,000 guaranteed funding package in 2014-15. This was previously known as the Interim Bridging Fund (IBF).

Application link: https://cupe3902.wufoo.com/forms/cupe-3902-unit-1-radf-application/

Eligibility:

1)      You must have been registered as a student, and a member of the funded cohort, during Fall 2014 and/or Winter 2015.

2)      You must have performed at least 30 hours of Unit 1 work between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015.

3)      The value of your fellowship must be below $6,489.06 (after paying tuition) as a result of the RA work which you have been forced to take on as part of your minimum funding package.

International Health Plan Assistance Fund (IHPAF)

The International Health Plan Assistance Fund is for members who, because of their international status, must pay for their UHIP expenses, for themselves, their spouse or their dependent children. Please note: all students in a funded cohort have premiums covered by their funding and thus you cannot apply to the fund; however, if you have a spouse or dependent children for whom you have paid for the coverage you may submit their receipts regardless of whether you are a member of a funded cohort.

This fund partially covers the cost of UHIP premiums. It does not cover other health expenses incurred by members. This fund was previously known as the Fund for International Student Health Expenses (FISHE).

Application link: https://cupe3902.wufoo.com/forms/cupe-3902-unit-1-ihpaf-application/

Eligibility:

1)      You must have been registered as a student or employed as a post-doctoral fellow during Fall 2014 and/or Winter 2015.

2)      You must have performed at least 30 hours of Unit 1 work between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015.

Childcare Financial Assistance Fund (CFAF)

The Childcare Financial Assistance Fund supports those members who are also parents and incur expenses related to paying a childcare provider for care of their child(ren). This fund partially reimburses eligible expenses for which receipts are provided, which were incurred between 1 May, 2014 and 30 April, 2015. Medical expenses, toys, clothing, and food are not eligible and thus cannot be included in your application.

Application link: https://cupe3902.wufoo.com/forms/cupe-3902-unit-1-cfaf-application/

Eligibility:

1)      You must have been registered as a student or employed as a post-doctoral fellow during Fall 2014 and/or Winter 2015.

2)      You must have performed at least 30 hours of Unit 1 work between May 1, 2014 and April 30, 2015.