Western to participate in new program to help Crown wards attend university

Western University is partnering with the Government of Ontario to help current and former Crown wards attend university as they transition to adulthood.

Beginning this September, the program will see the Province contribute 50% of each student’s tuition cost and Western will cover the remaining 50%, for a total of up to $6,000.

“I’m pleased that Western is a partner in this program,” said John Doerksen, Vice-Provost, Western University. “Most Crown wards have faced significant challenges in their lives and their participation in higher education is much lower than the broader population. This initiative is an effort to reduce barriers to opportunity and help these young people succeed.”

Western joins 11 other post-secondary institutions in Ontario participating in the program.

Western has a long-held commitment to helping students who face financial challenges to achieve their academic goals. Students can access financial counseling and other financial assistance programs through the University’s Student Services Department.

More information is available at www.registrar.uwo.ca/student_finances/index.html.