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Applying to Post Secondary



OCAS (Ontario College Application System)

Information and the portal for applying to Ontario College programs.


OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre)

Information and the portal for applying to Ontario University programs.

Post Secondary Education
Applying to Post Secondary
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  • Nipissing University
    Nipissing University is a Canadian University comprised of a Faculty of Arts and Science, Faculty of Applied and Professional Studies and Schulich School of Education.

  • Canadore College
    College of Applied Arts & Technology providing diploma and certificate programs.

  • Georgian College Muskoka Campus
    The Muskoka Campus offers a personalized educational experience while meeting local demand for health care, skilled trades, business, and service sector employment training.

  • Ontario Post Secondary Institutions with Free Tuition Bursaries Specifically for Youth in Care

Nine Post-Secondary schools in Ontario offer specific  Financial Aid Resources for Youth in Care, including free tuition. 


Click on this link to find out more.

Free Tuition Bursary for Children in Care

Post Secondary Education


Scholarships & Bursaries


Children's Aid Scholarships & Bursaries


Educational Support from Children's Aid Foundation of Canada

A link to information and applications for scholarships, bursaries and grants offered by Children's Aid for Youth in Care.


National Youth In Care Network – Ken Dryden Scholarship
Named after a former NHL hockey star, this scholarship of up to $3000 per year is available to current or former youth in care who are pursuing post-secondary education. The deadline for applications is the first Friday in March each year. Note* The Ken Dryden Scholarship is being revised and not available in the 2019 & 2020 year.

Clark Awards

The Clark Bursary Award is available for students in college or university who are, or were, in care. University students who are nominated for this award will receive $4500 a year for up to four years. College students who are nominated will receive $3000 a year for up to three years. The Clark Bursary program also offers a one-time grant of $1000 for students in a skills development program. You can ask your CAS worker to fill out a form that nominates you for the award.

Your College or University's Website

Many Colleges and Universities have scholarships and bursaries specifically for current and former youth in care. Inquire on your institution's website or at their Financial Aid Office.


Scholarships Canada

A website that lets you create a free profile to search and apply for hundreds of Canadian scholarships and bursaries.


Student Awards

A website with links to hundreds of Canadian scholarships and award money for Canadian college and university students.


Ontario Post-secondary Application Fees Reimbursement Program for Youth in Care

If you are, or were, an Ontario child in extended society care (formerly an Ontario Crown Ward) who is applying to college or university, you can be reimbursed for the cost of applying to college or university programs.  Ask your Children's Service Worker, or the Education Liaison for a form.

Storwell Bursary

Storwell is offers an annual bursary of $2,000 in support of foster children to help them attend post-secondary schools and to offer a hand up as they make their way forward in life. The award is non-renewable, but candidates are welcome to apply for it once a year. The successful candidate is an active member of their community, has excellent grades and displays financial need. 

Scholarships & Bursaries
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OSAP Home Page

The official Ministry page for all things OSAP. Find answers to all your questions: how to apply, how does it work?, how much will I get? and what do I have to payback?


OSAP Powerpoint Presentation

A powerpoint presentation covering information and questions about OSAP, specifically made for Youth in Society Care.

OSAP Aid Estimator

A handy tool to help you quickly estimate how much you might get in OSAP loans and grants.

Special circumstances funding for Indigenous, and Youth in & formerly in Society Care

See what special funding and grants are available for Youth in/formerly in Care.

OSAP Repayment Estimator Tool

A tool that helps you understand how much you have to pay back and explore different options for loan repayment.

My OSAP Account

A link to your My OSAP account. Don't forget to check it time to time to see important messages and deadlines!

National Student Loans Service Centre (NSLSC)

After your OSAP is processed and received, your actual loans are received and paid back through the NSLSC. You will be set up with an account with them, and after you are finished your post-secondary program, you will be paying back any loans through this organization.

Video: How to Upload OSAP documents

As part of the application process, you'll need to fill-out and upload various documents. this is a handy video to help you through it.


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Supporting  you through Secondary School

We realize that high school can be an especially challenging time, and we are here to help support you through your entire educational journey. 


The Education Liaison

Your local Children's Aid Agency's Education Liaison is here to help. Their job is to support the success of children & youth in care throughout their entire educational experience. They can help you advocate for services or resources from your school, as well as answer questions and concerns you have about your school or education. They can attend school meetings with you, or on your behalf. They also organize and provide workshops on important things like registering for Post-Secondary, how to get OSAP & Financial Aid, as well as other things.

The Education Liaison for Nipissing & Parry Sound is Nathan Moore

The Education Liaison for Muskoka Simcoe is Brianne Whiteside.


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The Ontario Education Champion Program


   The Education Champion Program

  • The Ontario Education Champion Program is a program that was started last year in all our area schools. It pairs each child and youth in care, from JK to Grade 12, with a Champion in their school, so that they always have someone to go to for help or advice.

  • Your Champion will be someone in your school that you trust. Your Champion is there to provide help, support, and advice for any problems or issues that you may have, be it an issue with a class, classmates, academic advice, or something happening in your life outside school. Your Champion is there for you.

  • You can also identify an Education Champion in your school when you see the Be The Bold logo. A staff member displaying this logo on their door or desk, will identify them as someone that you can approach for help.


  • Contact your PARNIPCAS Education Liaison for more information or if you would like to be paired with a Education Champion at your school.

Ontario Education Champions

Apprenticeships &  Dual Credit Programs

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program. Students have an opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards becoming certified journeypersons in a skilled trade while completing their secondary school diplomas.


Ontario Ministry of Education Apprenticeship Information Site

Information on how to train for an apprenticeship through three different programs.


Dual Credit Program

The Dual Credit Program allows secondary students from all local area school boards to take part in college level courses while they work towards completing their Ontario Secondary School Diploma. If successful, students will have earned secondary credits and college level credits at the same time.


Near North Schools Dual Credit info

St. Joseph Scollard Hall Dual Credit info



Dual Credit Program Contacts

Looking for more information about the Dual Credit program?

Nbisiing Secondary School
John Chowns      tel: 705.497.9938       email:

Nipissing-Parry Sound Catholic District School Board
Mark Mechefske     tel: (705) 494-8600 ext. 40412     cell: (705) 358-3964

Conseil Scolaire Catholique Franco-Nord
Sylvain Vachon   tel: 705.472.1701 ext. 2328     cell: 705.358.3571

Conseil scolaire public du Nord-Est de l’Ontario
Paul Séguin
tel: 705.474.5500 poste 235    cell: 705.358.1499

Near North District School Board
Alysha Young
tel: 705.472.8170 ext. 5977 

Apprenticeships & Dual Credits
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