Nipissing and Canadore are helping improve access to post-secondary education for youth placed in the care of the Children’s Aid Society. They’ve launched a new tuition waiver.
Both the university and college will each offer up to five tuition and fee waivers per year to individuals currently or formerly in foster care.
“Being someone who spent thirteen years in and out of foster care, having even just one aspect of life, especially one to better yourself, means everything,” says Casey Hardman, former youth in care and author of 13 Years Fostered.
“This is truly an amazing opportunity,“ says Nancy Lafrance Rich, Director of Service, Children’s Aid Society of Nipissing Parry Sound. “Removing financial barriers can mean the difference between a life in poverty or a life of prosperity.”
The waivers will cover tuition and ancillary fees as well as the cost of the application fee through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS).
They’re renewable for up to four years as long as progression requirements are met.
Both high school applicants and mature students are eligible to apply.