Postsecondary Supports for Crown Wards and Youth in and Leaving Care
Ontario provides a wide range of support to help former Crown wards and youth in and leaving care access postsecondary education and succeed in their studies. These supports include:
- Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care - This support is offered in partnership between the Ontario government and 29 postsecondary institutions including all universities and one third of the colleges (Boreal, Cambrian, Canadore, Humber, La Cité collégiale, Northern, Sault and Sheridan). Ontario covers 50 per cent of tuition costs for 850 students through the Access Grant for Crown Wards and the 30% Off Ontario Tuition grant for eligible students. The participating institutions now cover the remaining cost of tuition for up to four years of postsecondary study for a combined maximum of $6,000 per year.
This year, about 500 youth will have 100 per cent of their tuition fees paid to a maximum of $6,000 per year. Last year, about 200 students at 11 participating institutions benefited from the program
- Ontario Access Grants for Crown Wards - This grant helps to cover tuition costs for up to four years of study for current and former Crown wards. The government has extended eligibility for these grants to youth receiving Continued Care and Support for Youth allowances who are enrolled in their first college or undergraduate program. About 850 students qualified for the grant last year.
Students in programs of two or more years are eligible for access grants covering 50 per cent of their tuition costs to a maximum of $3,000 for each year of their program, up to four years. Students in one-year programs are eligible for a one-time grant covering 100 per cent of their tuition, up to $3,000. Students apply for the grants through OSAP.
- The Living and Learning Grant - This grant provides $500 per month to youth leaving care aged 21 to 24 enrolled in postsecondary education and training programs that are approved for the purposes of the Ontario portion of OSAP funding. Students who apply for OSAP will automatically be considered for this grant. A separate application for eligible students who do not apply for OSAP will be available.
- Crown Ward Education Championship Teams - These teams of educators, children's aid workers and mentors are available in 21 communities covering all regions of Ontario and have helped more than 1,200 young people. They support Crown wards and former Crown wards through partnerships with Children's Aid Societies, school boards, colleges, universities, and employment services. The teams also provide services such as mentoring programs and workshops to help youth in and leaving care to transition into postsecondary education.
- The Ontario Crown Ward Postsecondary Application Fee Reimbursement Program - This program covers the cost of college and university application fees for Crown wards and former Crown wards applying for their first college or university program.