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 York University Crown Ward Bursary was established to provide additional financial support to current and/or former Ontario Crown Ward students who are enrolled in direct entry, undergraduate programs.

In order to be considered for this bursary, students must:

  1. apply for funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP);
  2. must self-identify on the OSAP application and provide proof of status to OSAP and;
  3. must be between the ages of 18 and 24 at the start of the study period.

The Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development will provide York University with a list of eligible students. The bursary amount will be assessed at the discretion of York University to a maximum of $3000 per year. This bursary is available for a maximum of four years per recipient. Recipients will be notified by email in October and/or February each year.

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.