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 for up to one academic session.
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.
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.
- 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.
UTSU Dollars for Daycare Grant
For further information, please contact UTSU directly.
UTSU Dollars for Daycare Pop-Up Table
Every year some UTSU Dollar for Daycare application forms are not considered due to not having been filled out correctly. Come and get information/assistance at the dates and locations below and look for the UTSU-FCO table. Deadline this year is March 1st, come to do it before you get too busy with school!
|Friday, February 8||12:00 – 3:00 pm||569 Spadina Ave., U of T Food Bank|
|Monday, February 11||12:00 – 1:00 pm||Transitional Year Programme – 123 St. George St., Lounge|
|Wednesday, February 13||12:30 – 1:30 pm||Emmanuel College – 75 Queen’s Park Cres. East, EM 102, Main Foyer|
|Friday, February 15||12:00 – 3:00 pm||569 Spadina Ave., U of T Food Bank|
|Tuesday, February 26||12:00 – 1:30 pm||First Nations House – 563 Spadina Ave, 3rd Floor|
Student Family Housing (for residents only) at the 35 Charles St. West lobby – every Thursday before March 1st from 2 to 3 pm
Further questions about this grant can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org; filled application forms are to be delivered/sent to the Family Care Office at 214 College St., Rm 103.
FREE APUS-UTGSU Income Tax Clinic
The Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students (APUS) and the University of Toronto Graduate Students Union (UTGSU) are proud to offer a free tax clinic to help undergraduate and graduate students registered at the University of Toronto file their 2018 tax returns. In partnership with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA)’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, our Tax Clinic is a free service to help students complete their tax returns.
Date and Time: March 4 – March 22, 2019 and April 1 – April 5, 2019
Location: 563 Spadina Crescent, Suite 236
Access info: Wheelchair accessible entrance located at the back of the building via Bancroft Avenue. The elevators are located near the Bancroft entrance. All gender, wheelchair accessible washrooms on the same floor as the clinic room.
- UTSU Dollars for Child Care Grant
- SCSU Dollar for Daycare Bursary
- UTM Student Parents
- Daniel W. Lang Childcare Bursary Fund – Emergency bursary support to single parent students enrolled in any program of study at the University of Toronto, to assist the recipient in meeting unanticipated expenses not covered by OSAP. Individual bursaries will vary in value, based on the recipient’s need.
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