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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Dependant Tuition Assistance Program

As a benefit for full-time continuing employees, Ontario Tech University assists in the costs of undergraduate post-secondary education for an employee’s spouse and dependants. Under the provisions of the Dependant Tuition Assistance Program (DTAP), the university will provide funding to defray the cost of tuition for an eligible employee’s spouse and/or dependant(s) who is/are enrolled in a full-time undergraduate program of study at an eligible post-secondary institution in Ontario.

For more information, review the Dependant Tuition Assistance Program (section 3.4) in the  Non-Academic Employment Policies and the DTAP Frequently Asked Questions on this page.

To apply for the program, email a completed DTAP application along with applicable documents to

Student Direct Deposit is available. 

To receive the DTAP payment, your Eligible Dependant is required to provide either their own void cheque or a completed Direct Deposit Authorization form and a completed Student Direct Deposit Form reflecting their banking information. The completed form should be submitted directly to Upon receipt of these two forms, DTAP payments will be processed and made payable directly to your Eligible Dependant’s account.  At the end of each income year, a T4A will be issued in their name in accordance with the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the DTAP program?
    The DTAP is an employee benefit offered by the University to all eligible full-time continuing employees. This program assists in defraying the cost of an undergraduate program of study for an eligible employee's spouse and/or dependants enrolled at an eligible post-secondary institution.
  • How do I know if I am an eligible employee?

    You are an eligible employee if you are a current employee of Ontario Tech University who:

    1. is employeed in a full-time continuing capacity; and,
    2. has completed six (6) months of employment prior to the start of the first semester for which the application for the DTAP benefit is being made.
  • Who is an eligible student when applying for DTAP?

    An eligible student is a student who is:

    1. the dependant or spouse of an eligible employee; and,
    2. enrolled as a full-time student in an eligible program of study at any eligible post- secondary institution in Ontario.
  • Who is considered to be a dependant or spouse under the DTAP program?

    A spouse is defined as:

    1. a person married to an eligible employee under any formal union recognized by law; or,
    2. a partner of the eligible employee who is of the opposite sex or of the same sex and who is publicly represented to be the spouse of the eligible employee.

    A dependant is defined as a child who:

    1. is less than 25 years of age; and,
    2. is dependant on you for support.

    Child is defined as:

    1. your biological child; or
    2. your step-child; or
    3. your adopted child.
    NOTE: The age restriction of 25 years does not apply to a dependant with a physical or mental disability, who had this disability before the age of 25 years.
  • Is my dependant eligible if they are attending a post-secondary institution part-time?
    No. A dependant or spouse is only eligible for DTAP if they are enrolled in a full-time diploma or undergraduate program of study at an eligible Ontario post-secondary institution.
  • What programs of study are eligible for DTAP?

    Program of study is defined as:

    1. a full time program of study leading to an undergraduate degree or College diploma at any eligible post-secondary institution in Ontario; and,
    2. the first such program of study funded under the DTAP for the dependant or spouse.
  • What does an eligible post-secondary institution mean?

    Eligible post-secondary institution means a non-private educational institution recognized by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

  • How much will I receive for DTAP?

    Each academic year, the University establishes annually a fixed sum of money available for the DTAP. Eligible employees will follow the procedure to apply for the DTAP benefit for a program of study for their eligible student (i.e. dependant).

    Eligible students are eligible to receive the DTAP benefit for a program of study in an amount of up to 50% of the tuition for a first year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program at Ontario Tech University for the semester(s) for which the application is being made.

    For an eligible student attending Ontario Tech University, the value of the DTAP benefit will be 50% of the tuition for a first year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) program at Ontario Tech University.

    Should the total value of all DTAP applications from all eligible students for the year exceed the fixed funds available, after providing for the DTAP benefit for eligible students attending Ontario Tech University, the amount of the DTAP benefit will be determined on a pro-rata basis such that there will be an equal sharing of available funds amongst all other eligible students.
  • How do I apply for DTAP?

    To apply for DTAP, look for the email communication from, available each academic semester.  Once you have received it, complete and submit the online DTAP Application along with the proof of payment by the applicable deadline specified in the email. 

    The DTAP online application steps are:

    1. Access the secure site “Log in page” and enter your Banner ID and network password;
    2. Enter the required information and remember to attach/upload your proof of payment;
    3. Select “continue” and review your submission prior to submitting; and,
    4. Check your email for the confirmation email and retain a copy for your records.
  • How often can I apply for DTAP?
    Each eligible dependant can receive one (1) year’s tuition or two (2) semesters per academic year to a maximum of four (4) years tuition or eight (8) academic semesters in total.
  • When do I need to apply for DTAP?
    Your application must be submitted per semester each academic year with the applicable proof of payment for the semester for which you are applying for. Applications received together with proof of payment will be processed for the current term you are applying for.  Applications submitted for a prior semester(s) will not be processed for payment.
  • What is an acceptable proof of Tuition payment?

    Acceptable proof of payment includes the following:

    1. a receipt from the post-secondary institution showing payment of tuition;
    2. a print screen of your tuition payment made to the post-secondary institution; or,
    3. a copy or print screen of the student’s online student account that identifies the tuition payment.
  • My dependant is enrolled in a certificate program at a post-secondary institution. Are they eligible for DTAP?
    Yes, full-time certificate programs at eligible post- secondary institutions in Ontario are eligible.
  • My dependant or spouse is enrolled in a program of study that will be completed over 3 consecutive semesters. Are they eligible for DTAP?
    DTAP is only reimbursed for one (1) year’s tuition or two (2) semesters per academic year.  If your dependant or spouse is completing three (3) semesters per academic year, the reimbursement will only be applicable for two (2) semesters maximum during the academic year.
  • I missed the previous application deadline. Can I submit it in the next application deadline and receive reimbursement for the missed semester and the current one.

    The eligible employee will complete the DTAP Application Form and supply proof of the eligible student’s enrolment in a program of study and proof of payment of tuition fees for the program of study to the Human Resources department by the due dates published by Human Resources. For example, this means that the application for the Fall Term must be submitted by the Fall deadline. Payments cannot be made for prior terms on a retroactive basis.

  • Why is the reimbursement made payable to my dependant or spouse?

    The partial tuition reimbursement is a taxable benefit for the dependant or spouse in accordance with Canada Revenue Agency.  As such, the dependant or spouse will also receive a T4A for the amount received in a calendar year to file with their taxes.

  • When is the DTAP payment processed?

    DTAP payments are processed after the last withdrawal date for the applicable semester.  The date(s) for DTAP payment are communicated by Human Resources in the initial DTAP email communication.

    DTAP payments are made upon receipt of the Student Direct Deposit form together with a void cheque or a Direct Deposit Authorization Form. This is submitted to, for reimbursement.

  • How will my dependant or spouse receive payment?
    The DTAP benefit will be paid via direct deposit to the dependant’s or spouse’s bank account.
  • Will I receive notification of the payment?

    An email notification will be sent to the dependant or spouse prior to the direct deposit being made.

    For more details please review your applicable Collective agreement or Policy.

  • If I have previously submitted banking information, do I need to resubmit it?

    There is no need to resubmit banking information unless the banking information for your dependent has changed as long as  your Eligible Dependent has previously submitted either their own void cheque or a completed Direct Deposit Authorization form and a completed Student Direct Deposit Form reflecting their banking information. 

  • How will I know that my application has been approved?

    You will receive a confirmation email from once your application has been approved. Payment will be made 7-10 business days after the confirmation email and a second confirmation email will be received once the deposit has been made.

DTAP Application Form

Semester Application Deadlines Payment Date
Fall 2023 Tuesday October 20, 2023 Week of Dec. 11th
Winter 2024 Friday February 9, 2024 Week of March 18th 
Spring 2024 Friday May 17, 2024 Week of July 29th 









Note: DTAP applications must be received by the applicable deadline listed above. Applications received after this date will not be processed.

For eligibility requirements, review the Dependant Tuition Assistance Program (section 3.4) in the  Non-Academic Employment Policies or in the applicable Collective Agreement. Only one year of full-time tuition or two full-time semesters per academic year are eligible.

Additional information can be found in the DTAP Frequently Asked Questions 

Employees will receive communications regarding application submission as each application period opens.