The 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care program is for current and former Crown wards and/or students who are receiving or were previously receiving an Extended Care and Maintenance Allowance or a Continued Care and Support for Youth allowance from a Children’s Aid Society. It will cover 100% of a student’s tuition fees to a maximum of $6,000.
The 100% Tuition Aid program is a joint initiative between the ministry and participating publicly-assisted colleges and universities in Ontario and is available for up to four years of postsecondary study.
Amount of Aid
Eligible students can receive up to $6,000 to cover their tuition fees as follows:
The portion of aid provided by your school will not reduce the amount of OSAP full-time funding that you are eligible to receive. In addition, ancillary or compulsory fees are not covered by the 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care program.
Who Can Get This Aid
To be eligible for the 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care program, you must meet the eligibility requirements for an Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards.
- Be a current or former Crown ward and/or currently receiving or have been previously eligible to receive an Extended Care and Maintenance allowance or a Continued Care and Support for Youth allowance from a Children’s Aid Society;
- Be a full-time student and meet all eligibility requirements to be considered for a Canada-Ontario Integrated Student loan;
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate, first-entry program (second entry programs like Law or Medicine, or graduate programs are not eligible);
- Be enrolled in a program at an institution approved for purposes of the Ontario portion of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan;
In addition, you must:
• Be enrolled at a publicly-assisted college or university in Ontario that is participating in this program.
- Collège Boréal
- Cambrian College
- Canadore College
- Humber College
- La Cité Collégiale
- Northern College
- Sault College
- Sheridan College
- Algoma University
- Brock University
- Carleton University
- Lakehead University
- Laurentian University
- McMaster University
- Nipissing University
- OCAD University
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology
- University of Ottawa
- Queen’s University
- Ryerson University
- Saint Paul University
- Trent University
- University of Guelph
- University of Toronto
- University of Waterloo
- University of Windsor
- Western University
- Wilfrid Laurier University
- York University
How to Apply
You are considered for this program when you submit a 2013-14 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students. If the ministry determines you’re eligible for this program, they will notify your school and you will then be considered for the portion of this program funded by your school.
The deadline to submit your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students is 60 days before the end of your study period.
Documents You Need to Provide
As part of your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students documentation, you must submit a letter from your Children’s Aid Society confirming your current or previous status with them (i.e., current or former Crown ward and/or currently receiving or previously eligible to receive an Extended Care and Maintenance or a Continued Care and Support for Youth Allowance).
All OSAP supporting documentation must be received by your financial aid office no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.
How and When You Get Your Aid
If you are eligible, your provincial grant from OSAP (Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards and/or 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant) will be sent to you directly either by cheque or via direct deposit. Information about the status of your full-time application is available on this website. Just Log in to find the latest information.
Your school will determine how they will provide their portion of the funding. For example, they may provide the funds directly to you or may reduce the outstanding tuition fees on your school account. Contact your financial aid office for further information.