The Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) is pleased to offer the Post-Secondary Education Support Program. MNO citizens can now apply to receive funding to access post-secondary education and reach their highest potential. The application period for 2021-2022 is now open and closes on April 30, 2021. For more information on how to complete the application process please see the Application Guide for step-by-step instructions. 

To qualify for the MNO Post-Secondary Education Support Program applicants must:

  • Currently be a Métis student attending or accepted into an accredited post-secondary program at a recognized Canadian University or College
  • Be a MNO citizen or has a letter of eligibility from the MNO Registry
  • Reside in Canada

CONTACT: If you need help with your application or would like to learn more about the Program please contact us by email at psesupport@metisnation.org

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

You can apply online through the Métis Nation of Ontario Program Application Portal. If you require accommodations in order to complete the application or have questions about the application process, please email us at psesupport@metisnation.org. Please note: the applicants’ name must be showing on the account as well as their email address and phone number. This enables us to find you in the system in the event we need to contact you. A note to parents and Caregivers: we understand that you like to help with the application process, BUT please ensure that you use your child’s name, email, and phone number as using your own credentials will invalidate their application.

Yes. This program is open only to Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) citizens. This includes those who are currently in the registration process and will receive their citizenship before the application deadline. You will be required to upload a copy of your card or a letter from the MNO Registry during the program application process.

For more information on obtaining MNO citizenship please visit the MNO Registry Webpage or call their toll free number at 1-855-798-1006.

To obtain a letter from the MNO registry please email info@mnoregistry.ca or call their toll free number 1-855-798-1006.

Eligible institutions include post-secondary institutions recognized through an accrediting body such as Universities Canada, Colleges and Institutes Canada, or another professional association and certification board.

Not necessarily. As a MNO citizen, you may be eligible for assistance to attend a Post-Secondary institute outside of Ontario. Support for Post-Secondary education programs outside of Ontario will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Please email us at psesupport@metisnation.org for more information.

Award amounts are determined:

  1. By the amount of available funding and the number of eligible candidates applying, with an aim of supporting the maximum number of students.
  2. By the type of program that an applicant is enrolled in (e.g. Doctoral and Master’s programs, Bachelor Degree/Certificates, or Diploma programs)
  3. By whether or not you have dependents or identify as a person with a disability, with additional funds awarded in these cases.
  4. By the course load of each student. Course loads are determined as a percentage of the maximum course load allowed by your school, and not by whether your school considers you a full time student. For example, if the maximum course load at your school, and for your program, is 5 courses per semester (100%) and you enroll in 4 classes per semester you will be assessed as having an 80% course load. See the second last FAQ Question for assistance in determining your course load.

Sponsorship means that the MNO will pay all or a portion of tuition and ancillary fees directly to your school on your behalf. Sponsored clients will not receive any additional funding compared to clients opting to receive funds directly.

Sponsorship is only available to applicants who:

  1. Will be studying in Canada 
  2. Will NOT be receiving funding from the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

No. If you have opted for a sponsored award please do not pay your tuition yourself without first contacting the MNO at psesupport@metisnation.org.

No. MNO PSE Support Program funding will NOT be affected if you choose to apply for OSAP. We strongly encourage applying for an OSAP grant as this could provide additional funding to assist during your school year. To access the OSAP estimator, a useful tool for seeing what might be available to you as a grant click here. The estimator for the coming school year may not be currently available so it is suggested that you use the tool that is available from previous years as there will be little change year to year. OSAP applications are typically available in the Spring. Please note that the MNO encourages applicants to explore only the OSAP Grant and does not provide advice on taking additional loans through OSAP. If OSAP loans are taken by the applicant, these will be the sole responsibility of the applicant.

The majority of awards are paid directly to the student via direct deposit in 2 payments- one at the outset of the term and one at the end of their term, after completing a short questionnaire and providing grades from the previous term. This allows the student to direct these funds towards school related expenses at their discretion. In some cases, award funding can be paid directly to the students’ school through a sponsorship.

It depends. If your application was not accepted due to the eligibility criteria not being met or a lack of funding availability the appeals process is not available. However, if your application was not accepted for a different reason then the appeals process may be available to you. Please contact us at psesupport@metisnation.org for more information about the appeals process.

The Post-Secondary Education Support Program is ideal for the following program types: Advanced Diplomas, all years of an Undergraduate Degree including Bachelor’s Degrees (BA), Master’s Degrees (MA), and Doctoral Degrees (PhD). For apprenticeship, certificate, diploma, or professional certification programs, please contact your nearest MNO Education and Training office to find out more.

Yes. You can apply if you are a current post-secondary education student and not funded by another MNO Education & Training program.

No. The Post-Secondary Education Support Program does not pay back student loans for prior years of study.

No. The application is free.

You can find a list of the MNO Regional Offices and their contact information at this link here.

After submitting your application online, you can come back to check your application status by logging into your account or by emailing us at psesupport@metisnation.org

No. All documentation required is uploaded by you to your online application.

No. Applications are currently only accepted online. If you require accommodations in order to complete the application or have questions about the application process, please email psesupport@metisnation.org

For the Spring 2021, Fall 2021, and Winter 2022 semesters the application deadline is April 30, 2021.

You will receive a confirmation email that your application was received. Please ensure that the email address you use to set up your account is one that is active and that you have access to. If you set up your account using a social media site, please ensure the email address that is linked to that site is one that you have access to and can check easily. If you have checked your junk folder and have still not received a confirmation email within 24 hours, please contact us at psesupport@metisnation.org. Please note: using your parents email address is not allowed.

Yes, however, once the deadline has passed you will be placed on a waitlist and only receive assistance if funding is still available. All incomplete in progress applications will be moved to the waitlist after the application deadline. Waitlists will be reviewed periodically throughout the year, typically in July, September, and November. Eligible waitlisted applicants will be provided a window to submit an application for consideration around these times. Failure to submit an application during these windows will result in your request moving to the next waitlist review window. As the school year progresses available funding becomes limited so it is in the best interest of any applicant on the waitlist to respond to any outreach from the MNO. To request a waitlist form after the deadline, please contact us at psesupport@metisnation.org

Recipients are selected through the following process. The MNO Post-Secondary Education Support Program coordinators will review the applications and provide recommendations based on the applications received and the amount of funding available. From there the MNO Director of Education and Training will then review the selected applications and provide final approval.

Please email us at psesupport@metisnation.org to notify us of any change to your personal information as soon as possible.

Students who withdraw or do not complete their Program in the academic period for which they received assistance may be required to repay all or a portion of the funds they received. 

If you have changed programs, or are considering a change of programs, please contact psesupport@metisnation.org to inform us of your intended change. If you are simply switching programs at the same institution, it is likely that there will be no change to your funding. If you are changing schools but staying in the same program it is likely that there will be no change to your funding. It is critical that if any detail of your schooling changes that you inform the MNO as soon as possible as in some cases funding levels may change.

You can calculate your course load percentage using the following information. Your Enrollment Status is Full Time if you are taking 3, 4, or 5 courses. 3 courses constitutes a 60% course load, 4 courses constitutes an 80% course load, and 5 courses constitutes a 100% course load. Your Enrollment Status is Part Time if you are taking 1 or 2 courses. Taking 1 course constitutes a 20% course load and taking 2 courses constitutes a 40% course load. A typical BA Program has 5 courses per term which equals a 100% course load. Your course load and enrollment status also depends on course credit value and how your school calculates it. Some courses are 1 credit while others are 0.5 credit. There is no standard system for all of the universities and colleges in Canada.  Since all schools operate differently, this information here is to be considered a typical guide. If you have any questions, regarding your course load percentage, please ask your school. 

Updated: February 17, 2021