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Tuition for Crown Wards and Youth Leaving Care

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Tuition for Crown Wards and Youth Leaving Care

Ontario Government Providing More Support to Help Young People Succeed

Ontario is partnering with more universities and colleges to help former Crown wards and youth in and leaving the care of Children's Aid Societies pay for their postsecondary education.

Starting this September, the government will partner with all Ontario universities and a third of the province's colleges to cover 100 per cent of tuition fees, up to a maximum of $6,000 per year, for former Crown wards and youth who are in and leaving care.  In addition, the government will provide a grant of $500 per month to help cover living costs for youth leaving care aged 21 to 24 who are enrolled in OSAP-eligible college and university programs.

Ensuring that all of Ontario's youth have the supports they need to succeed is part of the government's plan to create a fair and prosperous society and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario will cover 50 per cent of tuition costs for 850 eligible students. All participating institutions will cover the remaining cost of tuition, for up to four years of study
  • About 1,300 former Crown wards and youth in and leaving care attend Ontario’s colleges and universities and receive funding from OSAP.

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Brad Duguid

“This is great news for Crown wards and youth leaving care who want to pursue postsecondary education in Ontario. The number of colleges and universities that are partnering with us to deliver a program to help young people succeed has more than doubled for 2013-14, and we expect more to take part in the coming years.”

Brad Duguid

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“We want a prosperous Ontario where everyone gets the opportunity to pursue their dreams. Our support will help youth previously in the care of a Children’s Aid Society with their living expenses while they are pursuing a postsecondary education. It will encourage more young people to acquire the skill sets required for them to succeed and reach their potential.”

Teresa Piruzza

Minister of Children and Youth Services

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