Dear Mr. Lubberts,
Thank you for your letter dated April 2, 2001 requesting an amendment to the Ontario Operating Funds Distribution Manual to remedy the fact that home-educated students are not eligible for funding purposes. The Honourable Dianne Cunningham asked that I respond to your letter directly.
I can advise that the Ministry issued a memorandum to all universities on May 17, 2001 stating that effective immediately, qualified home-educated students will be eligible to be counted for funding purposes. This change will be reflected in the next Operating Funds Distribution Manual. The revision will define an ineligible undergraduate student as: an undergraduate level student who is registered in the first year of an undergraduate degree program and, on the applicable count date, has not successfully completed the requirements for the Ontario Secondary School Honour Graduation Diploma (SSHGD) or the Ontario Secondary School Diploma with six Ontario Academic Credits (OSSD with 6 OACs) or the equivalent .....
This change is reflected in the recent revision of the operating grants manual for colleges.
The Ministry appreciates the efforts of the Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents in bringing this matter to our attention.
B. James Mackay