Student Awards and Financial Aid

Ontario student assistance funding goes electronic

Waiting in line to pick up their financial aid funding may have been a rite of passage for university students, says an official with the UWindsor student awards office, but it will soon be a thing of the past.

Starting this fall semester, the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) will disburse monies through an Electronic Funds Transfer system.

Marian Doll, the University’s acting director of Student Awards and Financial Aid, called it a “major step forward” and said her office is working closely with Information Technology Services to implement the new system.

Financial aid administrator appointed acting director

Marian Doll, a financial aid administrator since May 1990, will assume the position of acting director of the Student Awards and Financial Aid office while a formal search identifies a permanent successor to Aase Houser, who will retire August 1.

In announcing the appointment, Dave Bussière, assistant vice-president, admissions and records, praised Houser’s almost 40 years of service to the university, characterized by her “calm demeanour, diplomacy and tact” when dealing with stressful situations.

Work-study positions to join myCareer system

Campus employers hoping to submit job proposals for the 2012 work-study program will see changes in the process, but participating students should experience no difference.

The program funds part-time employment for students demonstrating genuine financial need – generally at no cost to campus employers.

Students apply through the “awards search” on the Student Information System or myUWindsor portal; the Student Awards and Financial Aid office determines their eligibility. The student application and approval process will remain unchanged.