What financial assistance is available for families?

Strengthening Jewish identity is one of UJA Federation’s top priorities – and there’s no question that Jewish overnight summer camp has a life-changing and lifelong impact on community members. A strong and diverse camping system enriches our community in countless ways. This is why UJA invests in programs to provide more children and teens with an opportunity to experience the magic of Jewish summer camp.

Like all Canadians, families in our community have been deeply affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to health concerns, many camper families have experienced serious financial challenges, including sudden job loss and reduction in working hours. So too, while our partner camps have done an outstanding job of keeping campers engaged virtually, they have also faced tremendous logistical and financial difficulties as a result of the cancellation of the 2020 camping season.

Emergency Camp Scholarships:

UJA Federation firmly believes that no Jewish child or teen should be cut off from essential Jewish experiences – including overnight summer camp – because their parents are facing a financial crisis due to the pandemic. Looking ahead to the 2021 camping season, we anticipate that financial assistance needs will grow by 50%. This is why we are working to increase our investments in summer camp tuition relief by funding needs-based scholarships.

In the past, UJA's "One Happy Camper" program provided grants to families for the first year of a child's enrollment. In an effort to deliver greater support to families in financial need, this program is being replaced with expanded, needs-based scholarships funded in partnership by UJA and our Jewish summer camps, and delivered by our camps.

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Did you pay full day school tuition last year? Do you need an interest free loan to help with school payments? Click here to apply for loans provided by Jewish Free Loan of Toronto through a minimal application process. No guarantor/interview required.

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Are you new to day school or have paid full tuition in the past? Through a simplified application process, you can obtain tuition assistance here. If desired, this form also pre-qualifies you for an Interest Free Loan, with no guarantor/interview required.

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Have you have applied for tuition support in the past? Please login to the UJA Community Scholarships portal below, or contact your school to register for an account. If you apply for tuition assistance through this program, you can also apply for an interest free loan here with no guarantor/interview required.

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