Funding for Crown Wards / Youth Leaving Care

York University is committed to helping youth from all backgrounds overcome their own unique obstacles to pursuing post-secondary education. For Crown Wards and others who receive support from an Ontario Children's Aid Society, securing sufficient funding can be a major concern: that's why we have dedicated bursary and award programs for these students.

York University Crown Ward Bursary

The 100% Tuition Aid for Youth Leaving Care program is a joint initiative between the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development and participating colleges and universities in Ontario. The 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 provides up to $6,000 per academic year to cover the cost of a student's tuition fees as follows:

  • Up to 50% of your tuition to a maximum of $3,000 provided from the Ontario Access Grant, Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards and/or 30% Off Tuition Grant
  • The remaining 50% of your tuition fees to a maximum of $3,000 will be provided through the York University Crown Ward Bursary

In order to be assessed for this bursary, students must apply for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), must self-identify on the OSAP application and provide proof of status. The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development will provide York University with a list of eligible students. The bursary amount shall be equivalent to the amount of funding the student has received from the Ontario Access Grant for Crown Wards and/or Ontario Tuition Grant to a maximum of $3,000. Successful applicants will be notified by email in October and February. This bursary is available for a maximum of four years.

Private donor awards

In addition to this bursary, there are a few donor funded awards that have been created to assist Crown Ward or former youth in care at York University.

More information on these awards can be found by using the Award Search module. Use keywords such as “crown” and “foster home” to narrow the search.

To be considered for these awards, York University students must complete the Student Financial Profile by the October 15 deadline and must self-identify by indicating their status or speaking to their experiences in the personal statement section. Applicants may be asked to provide documentation confirming their status. Successful applicants will be notified in writing.