Youth in Extended Society Care Information Package

Youth in extended society care tuition waiver

Former or current youth in the care of the children’s aid society, who are pursuing their first postsecondary degree, are eligible for a full tuition waiver. Students must meet the following conditions:

  • Must have been in extended society care in Ontario for a minimum of one year.
  • Must apply for non-repayable grant funding through full-time or part-time OSAP each academic year.  Students are not required to apply for loan funding.
  • Must have exhausted any other type of government funding available.

The waiver is valued at the total amount of tuition fees, minus any OSAP non-repayable grant funding and/or any other provincial funding for which the student may be eligible. In order to qualify for the waiver, students must self-identify through the OSAP application process and provide the supporting documentation indicated below. Priority will be given to first degree, first time applicants.

Supporting documentation

You must provide a completed Verification of Status with Ontario Children’s Aid Society form, available on the OSAP website as well as a letter from the CAS indicating the length of time for which you have been or were in extended society care.

❏    Self-identify as a former or current youth in extended society care
❏    Apply for admission to Laurentian in the program of your choice
❏    Apply for OSAP non-repayable grant funding
❏    Book a meeting with the Financial Aid Office by sending an email to financialaid@laurentian.ca.

In order to qualify for the waiver, you must self-identify as a current or former youth in extended society care to the Student Awards and Fees Office.  In order to self-identify, simply send an email to financialaid@laurentian.ca indicating that you would like to be considered for the Youth in extended society care tuition waiver.  

Please note that you must also submit an application to study at Laurentian, as well as an OSAP application in order to qualify for the waiver.

To submit your application to Laurentian, please forward the following documents to Laurentian’s Office of Admissions at admissions@laurentian.ca:

Once you have applied, you will receive an Acknowledgement email giving you access to your Applicant Portal (my.laurentian.ca). We ask that you submit the following documents via the Applicant Portal:

  • Letter outlining the reasons for pursuing university studies
  • Resume or CV specifying current education, interests and work experience
  • Transcripts from all prior studies


Please note that if your application for admission and all supporting documents are not received 14 days before the start of classes for any given semester, your application for admission will be considered for the next semester.

Please note that your application can be submitted at no charge.

Students who qualify for the Youth in extended society care tuition waiver must also submit and complete a Full-Time or Part-Time OSAP application for the 2019-2020 academic year.  Please see below, simple instructions needed to apply for OSAP.  

In order to create your account, you will need your Social Insurance Card as well as your 2018 Notice of Assessment.  Here are the steps required to create your OSAP account:

 

Creating your account and profile:
  1. Visit www.osap.gov.on.ca
  2. Click on the Register button to begin your account creation.
  3. Provide your personal information.
  4. Create your password and answer your challenge questions.
  5. Once you are given your OAN (OSAP Access Number), you will need it to access your application in the future.  Please keep this number safe in your records.
  6. Update your contact information.
  7. Validate your email address.

 

Applying for Full-Time OSAP

Apply for full-time OSAP if you are registered in 9 credits per semester or more (6 credits per semester for students with a permanent disability)

  1. Choose the “Apply for OSAP” option under the Full-time application header.
  2. Click on “Start a new application”.
  3. Follow the steps to complete your application by filling out the required fields and clicking on the “Next” button after each section has been completed:
    • School and program information
    • About you
    • About your family
    • Submit
  4. Before submitting your application, please review it to ensure that all of the information provided is accurate.
  5. Once your application has been submitted, you can choose to fill in the tuition, compulsory fees and book costs to receive a funding estimate.
  6. Once your application is completed, you can choose to receive “Grant funding only” by checking off this option in your funding summary.  By checking this option, you will not receive any loan funding and all of your OSAP funding will be non-repayable.
 
Applying for Part-Time OSAP

Apply part-time OSAP if you are registered in less than 9 credits per semester.

  1. Choose the “Apply for OSAP” option under the Part-time application header.
  2. Click on “Start a new application”.
  3. Follow the steps to complete your application by filling out the required fields and clicking on the “Next” button after each section has been completed:
    • School and program information
    • About you
    • About your family
    • Submit
  4. Before submitting your application, please review it to ensure that all of the information provided is accurate.
  5. Once your application has been submitted, you can choose to fill in the tuition, compulsory fees and book costs to receive a funding estimate.
  6. Once your application is completed, you can choose to receive “Grant funding only” by checking off this option in your funding summary.  By checking this option, you will not receive any loan funding and all of your OSAP funding will be non-repayable.

 

Supporting Documents

Once your OSAP application has been submitted, you must access your list of supporting documentation to complete your application. Some of the documents required could be:

  1. MSFAA (Master Student Financial Assistance Agreement)
  2. Declaration and signature forms
  3. Verification of Status with Ontario Children’s Aid Society form

 

Check your status

Please allow 5 business days for your application/supporting documentation to be processed.  Once the 5 days have passed, please log into your account and click on the “Check Status” button beside your current application to ensure that all of the correct documentation has been provided.

 

Help?

If you require assistance in filling out your OSAP application, we are here to help!  Please send an email to financialaid@laurentian.ca to set up a one on one meeting with a financial aid officer, or call us at 1-800-263-4188 for assistance.

Other financial aid opportunities

Laurentian has some of the most generous scholarship and bursary offerings across Canada. Financial assistance is available in the form of scholarships, bursaries, grants, and loans. Last year alone, Laurentian awarded more than $4.9 million in scholarships and bursaries to undergraduate students. But it is important to be informed, to ask questions, and to apply.

You will be advised in September and in January of any available financial aid that may be available to you. Please ensure to apply before the deadline date.

Please click on the Full list of scholarships and bursaries for Current and Prospective Students to view the full list of scholarships and bursaries available at Laurentian.