Youth in Care Tuition Waiver

Lakehead University is well known and respected for its ongoing commitment to equity and access to post-secondary education. The Lakehead University Youth in Care Tuition Waiver provides former or current youth in the care of a child welfare society the opportunity to apply for a tuition waiver to financially support their university education. 

The tuition waiver will be open to former and current youth in care from one of the local or regional (Northwestern Ontario and Simcoe County) Children's Aid Societies or Indigenous Child Welfare Agencies, regardless of age. 

Annually, two students will be financially supported with the full cost of tuition and fees, covered for the full 4 years of a direct-entry undergraduate program. Lakehead will continue to financially support two additional students each year, up to a maximum of annual support for eight students. Indigenous students that would benefit from first starting in one of Lakehead's Access programs would also be eligible, followed by 4 additional years of support for the undergraduate program. 

Applications will open in January 2022 (details to follow).

One waiver will be available for a student starting at the Thunder Bay campus and one at the Orillia campus. 

To be considered, applicants must:

  • apply for admission and be accepted to a direct-entry undergraduate program at either of Lakehead University's campuses in Thunder Bay or Orillia. For indigenous students, this may include an Indigenous Access Program; 
  • be eligible to receive funding and demonstrate financial need through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP);
  • maintain at least a 60% course load or 40% for students with an identified permanent disability;
  • provide documentation to support the application (e.g. letter from a current or previous Case Manager from either the Thunder Bay Children's Aid Society, Thunder Bay Child & Family Services Agency, Simcoe Muskoka Children's Aid Society, or the Simcoe Muskoka Child & Family Services Agency).