100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care
The 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care program provides aid to current and former Crown wards and/or students who are receiving or were previously receiving a Continued Care and Support for Youth allowance (formerly Extended Care and Maintenance allowance) or other transitional support from an Ontario Children’s Aid Society. This program will cover up to 100% of the cost of a student’s tuition fees.
The 100% Tuition Aid program is a joint initiative between the ministry and participating publicly-assisted colleges and universities in Ontario.
Amount of Aid
You can receive up to $6,000 per academic year to cover your tuition fees as follows:
- Up to 50% of your tuition fees to a maximum of $3,000 is available from the Ontario Access Grant, Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards and/or 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant through OSAP for Full-Time Students.
- The remaining 50% of your tuition fees to a maximum of $3,000 will be funded by your school.
You can receive aid from this program for up to four years of your postsecondary studies (or six years if you have a permanent disability).
- The portion of aid provided by your school will not reduce the amount of OSAP full-time funding that you are eligible to receive.
- Ancillary or compulsory fees are not covered by the 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care program.
Who Can Get This Aid
You must meet the eligibility requirements and qualify for funding through OSAP for Full-Time Students in order to be considered for the program. In addition, you must also meet the following requirements:
- You’re a current or former Crown ward or you’re in receipt of or formerly eligible to receive an allowance or other transitional support from an Ontario Children’s Aid Society.
- You’re in an undergraduate, first-entry program. Second entry programs like law or medicine, as well as graduate programs, are not eligible.
- You’ve been assessed as having at least $1.00 of financial need under the Ontario portion of the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan.
- You’re enrolled at a publicly-assisted college or university in Ontario that is participating in this program, as follows:
- Collège Boréal
- Cambrian College
- Canadore College
- Centennial College
- Conestoga College
- Confederation College
- Fleming College
- Humber College
- La Cité Collégiale
- Lambton College
- Northern College
- Sault College
- Sheridan College
- St. Lawrence 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
If the ministry determines you’re eligible for this program, they’ll notify your school and you will then be considered for the portion of this program funded by your school.
The deadlines for the 2016-2017 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students are as follows:
Your application must be received by your financial aid office no later than 60 days before the end of your study period.
All required documents must be received by your financial aid office no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.
Note: Documents received after your deadline date will not be considered.
Any review request must be received no later than 40 days before the end of your study period.
Note: Review requests received after your deadline date will not be considered.
Documents You Need to Provide
You may be required to provide documentation regarding of your current or former status with the Children’s Aid Society. See the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students for complete details on your required documents.
What Happens After You Apply
Your eligibility for this grant is determined as part of the processing of your OSAP application. Once your application is received, it’s processed in several stages that include:
- Confirming all required information and documents have been provided.
- Determining whether you meet all the eligibility requirements.
- Verifying the following information:
- Your Social Insurance Number and personal identification information (name, date of birth, and gender) is verified with the Social Insurance Registry.
- Your credit history is verified with a credit reporting agency (Equifax).
When determining your eligibility, your income (and that of your spouse or parent(s), if applicable) will be verified with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Results from the CRA income verification process may impact your eligibility for this grant if any of this income information is not accurately reported on your application.
You can log into the OSAP website at any time to see what stage your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students is at.
What Needs To Be Done Before You Can Get Your Aid
Your OSAP Application for Full-Time Students, along with all required documents for your application must be received and processed before any funding is released. In addition, your school must confirm your enrolment before any of your funding can be disbursed to you.
Note: no funds are released until on or after your study period start date.
How and When You Get Your Aid
Funding from the OSAP Application for Full-Time Students is normally issued in two installments:
- If you’re eligible for 30% Off Ontario Tuition, first installment normally occurs when you begin your studies and the rest occurs half way through your study period.
- If you’re eligible for either an Ontario Access Grant or Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards, it will be issued in your second installment, which is normally half way through your study period.
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.