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.

If your academic progress through your program has been significantly impeded due to COVID-19 related disruptions, you will be permitted to register with a tuition fee exemption.

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.

If you are a member of CUPE 3902 Unit 1, you may also be entitled to some benefits and/or some childcare financial assistance.

Awards Explorer

Explore awards at U of T by visiting the Awards Explorer. Please note: search “single”, “children”, “parent” under the single word search to find information regarding bursaries for student parents.

The Awards Explorer can be accessed through ACORN.

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.

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