Student Financial Aid

The University of Toronto appreciates that students with families may have atypical financial needs, especially arising from their need for child care.

Domestic undergraduate and graduate students who apply for OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) will be considered for a study grant, which is available to students with children. Furthermore, the University of Toronto Advance Planning for Students (UTAPS) will look into topping up any unmet need through a non-repayable grant. Canadian students who are from other provinces should ensure that they contact Enrolment Services for a UTAPS application early on in the fall session. Unfortunately, international students are not eligible for this funding.

Undergraduate students experiencing difficulty due to unexpected costs related to child care are encouraged to contact their financial aid counsellor at their college for assistance. In preparation for such a meeting, preparing a monthly and sessional budget is often useful.

Graduate students with extenuating financial circumstances should speak to a financial counsellor with the Graduate Awards Office in the School of Graduate Studies. In the case of unexpected and unforeseeable circumstances, there are emergency grants available for those who are eligible. There is also the Graduate Community Development Fund, a merit-based award that recognizes students’ contributions to the graduate experience.

Graduate students should also consider contacting their departments about financial aid options and should review the new SGS Parental Grant for which they may be entitled.

In-Course Scholarships with Woodsworth College

  • Angela Hildyard Award
    Established by the former Principal of Woodsworth College, this award recognizes a student with pre-school or school-aged children who demonstrates academic excellence. Preference will be given to sole-support parents. Recipients must have demonstrated financial need and be Ontario residents. The amount of this award is variable.
  • Jan Monaghan Award
    To be awarded to a sole-support parent demonstrating academic excellence. Recipients must have financial need and be Ontario residents. The value of each scholarship varies.
  • Rose M. Patten Single Parent Scholarship
    Award to a sole-support parent demonstrating academic excellence. Recipients must have financial need and be Ontario residents. The annual amount of this award is approximately $3000.
  • June Straker Award for Single Parents
    This award recognizes undergraduate, single parents with a minimum B average who have contributed to the success and development of students with family responsibilities. Preference is given to Woodsworth College students and the value of the award varies.
  • Sole-Support Parent Scholarship
    Woodsworth College is offering scholarships for Sole-Support Parents. For further details, contact Woodsworth College Registrar’s Office.

Other Scholarships (open to all students):

Additional Resources

  • UTSU Dollars for Daycare Grant

    Full-time and part-time St. George undergraduate students with financial need related to child care expenses can apply. International students with children are also eligible to apply. Values of the UTSU Dollars for Day Care Grants can vary depending on individual student need and available funding.

    Applications are processed as they are received. For further information, please contact UTSU directly.

  • UTM Student Parents
  • CUPE 3902 – Unit 1 Childcare Fund

    The Unit 1 Collective Agreement has provisions for a Childcare Financial Assistance Fund. All members of Unit 1 (registered U of T students and post-docs working as teaching assistants, course instructors, lab demonstrators, marker-graders, etc.) who held an appointment of at least 30 hours in the bargaining unit during the relevant entitlement period are eligible to apply to the fund.

    All childcare claims that fit the Canada Revenue Agency’s definition of “child care expenses” will be eligible for claims (including playschools, after-school programs, day camps, etc., as long as the child is under 16 years of age). Please keep receipts for any childcare expenses for submission. Please contact CUPE 3902 for deadlines and details.

  • Child Care Reimbursement for Extra and Co-Curricular Activities
  • Government Benefits and Subsidies
  • Resources for Families in Need