The Metis 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. 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 Metis student attending or accepted into an accredited post-secondary program at a recognized Canadian University or College
- Be an MNO citizen with a complete file or have a letter of eligibility from the MNO Registry (for more information on MNO Citizenship policies and MNO Registry click here)
- Reside in Canada
The application deadline for the 2023-2024 school year has now passed and applications are closed.
Successful applicants, enrolled in the Spring/Summer (May – August) Term, will be notified of funding decisions as soon as possible in May, 2023. All other successful applicants, scheduled to begin their studies in Fall 2023, will be notified of funding decisions in June or early July 2023.
CONTACT: If you have any questions or have missed the application deadline and would still like to be considered for funding for the 2023-2024 school year, please contact us at email@example.com to be included on the waitlist.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
The Post-Secondary Education Support Program is ideal for the following program types: Bachelor’s Degrees (BA), Master’s Degrees (MA), Doctoral Degrees (PhD) and Post Graduate programs. Applications for all Post-Secondary Education programs will be considered and, in some cases, may be referred to the MNO’s Employment and Training programs in order to maximize available funding.
You will 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no fee required to apply to the PSE Support Program.
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 you want to support your student with their application, BUT please ensure ALL information provided on the application is in the Student’s Name including email address, phone number, & profile name.
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.
Yes. It is important to submit an application in our system prior to the closing date even if you do not have your official acceptance letter or all of your final details at the time. Your application should be updated to reflect this information as soon as you receive it. Worst case is your application will be placed onto our waitlist.
You would submit your application using the official acceptance you have received to ensure your complete application is in our system and eligible for consideration prior to the closing date. If you receive acceptance into your preferred program, please contact email@example.com to inform us of your intended change.
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 confirming your MNO citizenship during the program application process and to consent to have your Citizenship information verified by MNO’s Registry. More information on MNO’s Registry and policies can be found here: Citizenship – Métis Nation of Ontario (metisnation.org)
During the application process you will be asked to consent to have your citizenship information, and file status, confirmed by MNO’s Registry. MNO Staff will send your information over on your behalf and will notify you if there are any issues asking you to follow up with Registry directly. If you would like more information about your citizenship file, or about MNO citizenship policies and the MNO Registry, please click here.
For more information on obtaining MNO citizenship please visit the MNO Registry Webpage or call their toll-free number at 1-855-798-1006.
If you have questions about your MNO Citizenship application, please contact the MNO Registry. You can advise them that you are applying for citizenship in order to access the PSE support program, and your file will be prioritized. To contact MNO Registry please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call their toll-free number 1-855-798-1006.
Yes. MNO citizens attending eligible Post-Secondary Education Institutes in Canada are eligible for consideration. Applicants with a permanent Canadian address attending an eligible institution can be considered. Please email us at email@example.com for more information.
Award amounts are determined:
- By the amount of available funding and the number of eligible candidates applying, with an aim of supporting the maximum number of students.
- By the type of program that an applicant is enrolled in (e.g. Doctoral and Master’s programs, Bachelor Degree/Certificates, or Diploma programs)
- By whether or not you have dependents or identify as a person with a disability, with additional funds awarded in these cases.
- 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.
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 constitute a 60% course load, 4 courses constitute 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 depend 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, the information included here is to be considered a typical guide. If you have any questions, regarding your course load percentage, please ask your school.
In most cases funding is distributed in two payments directly to students through direct deposit. Sixty percent (60%) of total funding is distributed 4-6 weeks after receipt of all required documents. For students enrolled in Spring terms this typically means first installments are issued in late May or June. For students starting in the Fall term funding is typically issued staring in mid-August through September depending on when students submit their required documents. Final installments (40%) are issued after receipt of a short questionnaire and demonstration of continued enrollment. These payments are typically issued though December and January and are dependent on the timing of student submissions. Usually, there is a 4-6-week processing window between student submission on funding being issued.
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.
No. MNO PSE Support Program funding will NOT be affected if you choose to apply for and receive supplementary scholarships, grants and bursaries.
You will receive a confirmation email that your application was received. Please ensure that the email address used to set up your account is active, belongs to you as the applicant, and is an email address you have ongoing 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note: using your parents’ email address for your application is not permitted.
After submitting your application online, you can come back to check your application status by logging into your account or by emailing us at email@example.com
No. Applications are currently only accepted online. All documentation required is uploaded by you to your online application. If you require accommodations in order to complete the application or have questions about the application process, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Eligible waitlisted applicants will be provided a window to submit an application for consideration when possible. Failure to submit an application during these windows will result in your request being deferred to the next waitlist review window. As the school year progresses, available funding becomes limited; students on the waitlist are strongly encouraged to respond promptly to any outreach from the MNO. To request to be added to the PSE Support waitlist after the deadline, please contact us at email@example.com
Students who withdraw or do not complete their Program in the academic period for which they received assistance will be required to repay all or a portion of the funds they received. It is your responsibility to contact your Student Support Officer with any modifications to your course load as soon as possible.
Students who withdraw from one or more classes in the academic period for which they received assistance will be required to repay all or a portion of the funds they received regardless of whether the student has already paid for the class at the time it is dropped. The funding agreement will be amended to reflect the modified course load.
If you have changed programs, or are considering a change of program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.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.
Many students are eligible to receive funding during a co-op placement. Support amounts are determined based on factors including whether the placement is a paid term & if so, at what rate of pay, the length of the co-op term, whether there is a placement fee, whether the term is full or part time, and if the student must relocate for the co-op placement. Your Post-Secondary Education Officer will apply a rubric to assess these factors and determine funding amounts and eligibility.
Please email us at email@example.com to notify us of any change to your personal information as soon as possible.
Yes. Students will receive a T4A form indicating the support amount paid to the student.
Recipients are selected through the following process: Post-Secondary Education Student Support Officers will review all applications and provide recommendations based on the applications received and the amount of funding available. The MNO Manager of Post-Secondary Education will then review the selected applications and provide final approval. The MNO strives to provide support to all eligible applicants who meet the criteria for funding and submit their application prior to the application deadline.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the appeals process.
No. The Post-Secondary Education Support Program does not pay back student loans for prior years of study.
Award amounts change from year to year based in the amount of available funding and the number of eligible candidates applying, with an aim of supporting the maximum number of students.
You may be eligible if other criteria are met. Please email us at email@example.com to find out more.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
No. The PSE Support Program will consider funding for only one program at a time.
Yes. You can apply if you are a current post-secondary education student and not funded by another MNO Education & Training program.
No. The application is free.
You can find a list of the MNO Regional Offices and their contact information at this link here.
No. All documentation required is uploaded by you to your online application.
For the Spring/Summer 2022, Fall 2022, and Winter 2023 semesters the application deadline is May 6, 2022.
Updated: March 1, 2023