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The Generations Trust ScholarshipThink you’re not eligible for Jewish day school tuition assistance?
You may be surprised – use our calculator to quickly see if you’ll qualify!

UJA strives to build a community in which no Jewish child or teen is denied access to meaningful Jewish experiences due to a lack of affordability. 

Created by a group of visionary philanthropic leaders, UJA’s Generations Trust Scholarship offers day school tuition relief for many families who would otherwise not qualify for assistance.

Current and prospective day school families can now apply for scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year!

How does the Scholarship work?

The scholarship provides qualifying families with a maximum total tuition fee for all their children (up to three per family), based on a percentage of household income. This total tuition fee does not change, regardless of whether a family has one, two or three children.

By capping household tuition, the benefits a family will receive from the Generations Trust Scholarship grows with the number of children enrolled in elementary Jewish day school.

For example, a family may find their household tuition cap is $21,000

  • With one child enrolled, they receive no benefit as they would pay their school’s regular tuition of $16,000 (this is an example fee - please contact your school for exact tuition fees for the 2022/23 school year)
  • With two children enrolled, they pay $10,500 per student
  • With three children enrolled, they pay $7,000 per student

How do I apply?

To determine which program may be right for your family, please follow these two easy steps:

1. Use our online calculator, which can estimate your eligibility for both programs
2. Connect with a representative from your school of choice to further determine your eligibility

Who can qualify?

The Generations Trust Scholarship is for families who earn a minimum pre-tax household income of $120,000 and have up to three children enrolled in JK - Grade 8 at one or more UJA-funded Jewish elementary schools.

Both current and prospective day school families may be eligible to receive the scholarship for the 2022/23 school year.

Please note: Families cannot receive financial support in the same year from both the Generations Trust Scholarship and UJA’s Regular Tuition Assistance Program.

Want to know if your family qualifies?

Find out in just minutes! Use our quick and anonymous calculator, which can estimate your eligibility for both the Generations Trust Scholarship and UJA’s Regular Tuition Assistance Program.

If the calculator finds that you qualify for the Generations Trust Scholarship, it can also provide an estimate of your maximum total tuition fee for all your children under the Scholarship.

To use the calculator, click here.

*UJA-funded Elementary Schools: Associated Hebrew Schools, Bialik Hebrew Day School, Eitz Chaim Schools, The Joe Dwek Ohr HaEmet Sephardic School, The Leo Baeck Day School, Netivot HaTorah Day School, Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School, Robbins Hebrew Academy, The Toronto Heschel School

UJA-funded High Schools: Bnei Akiva Schools, Yeshiva Darchei Torah,  TanenbaumCHAT, Tiferes Bais Yaakov

How Do I Apply?  

Step 1

Use our quick, easy and secure online tuition calculator, which can estimate your eligibility for both the Generations Trust Scholarship and the Regular Tuition Assistance Program. If the calculator finds that you qualify for the Generations Trust Scholarship, it can also provide an estimate of your maximum total tuition fee for all your children under the Scholarship.

Step 2

Connect with a representative from your school of choice. Your school can provide you with further information regarding your eligibility and help guide you through the Scholarship application process.

Step 3

Apply for a Generations Trust Scholarship. Once you have registered for a Jewish day school, you can apply for the Generations Trust Scholarship through UJA’s Community Scholarships Portal.

Tuition Calculator 

Our quick, easy, and secure online tuition calculator can estimate your eligibility for both programs. If the calculator finds that you qualify for the Generations Trust Scholarship, it can also provide an estimate of your maximum total tuition fee for all your children under the Scholarship.

Our quick, easy, and secure online tuition calculator can estimate your eligibility for both programs. If the calculator finds that you qualify for a Generations Trust Scholarship, it can also provide an estimate of your maximum total tuition fee for all your children under the Scholarship.

The Generations Trust Scholarship caps the total tuition fees a family will pay for all their children (up to three per family), based on a percentage of household income.

This calculator can only provide an estimate regarding your eligibility and qualifying amount for a Generations Trust Scholarship. Confirmation of your family’s scholarship eligibility can only be determined after applying to your school of choice.

Admission decisions are solely the discretion of the schools.

UJA does not collect any of the information that you provide through the calculator form.

Connect with a school representative 

Our diverse Jewish day school system offers more choice than any other North American city in terms of Jewish affiliation, educational philosophy, and cultural experience. Families with children enrolled at the UJA-funded elementary Jewish day schools listed below may apply for the Generations Trust Scholarship.

We encourage you to connect directly with a representative from your school of choice for more information about your eligibility and the application process.

Associated Hebrew Schools

Associated Hebrew Schools (“AHS”) is a community day school rooted in traditional Jewish values.

We are committed to:

  • Educational excellence and innovation in both general and Judaic studies
  • Nurturing student learning
  • Instilling a love of Torah, Israel, and the Hebrew language

AHS welcomes families from across the Jewish community, and is proud to have a student body of diverse learners that represents a wide range of cultures, socio-economic backgrounds, and Jewish beliefs.

Admissions

Tova Sabeti | Admissions Manager
E: tsabeti@ahschools.com | P: 416.494.7666 X575

Tuition Assistance

Ossy Goldenberg | Enrollment Manager
E: ogoldenberg@ahschools.com | P: 416.494.7666 X300

Bialik Hebrew Day School

Bialik students learn in a warm and nurturing, non-denominational Jewish environment at our two branches — located in Vaughan and midtown Toronto. We foster a strong Jewish identity, with students learning experientially about their Jewish heritage and values as well as developing a deep connection to Israel.

Our modern facilities and state-of-the-art technology infrastructure provide an environment filled with wonderful opportunities for hands-on, active learning, guided by our excellent teaching faculty. Within our unique STEM approach to learning in both General and Jewish Studies, students are encouraged to be independent, critical thinkers and problem solvers, prepared to become our future Jewish Canadian leaders.

Admissions

Viewmount Branch (Midtown)

Danielle Waltman | Director of Admissions
E: dwaltman@bialik.ca | P: 416-783-3346 X285

Himel Branch (Vaughan)

Bethany Baram | Admissions Officer
E: bbaram@bialik.ca | P: 905-417-3737 X359

Tuition Assistance

Karen Green  | Registrar
kgreen@bialik.ca | P: 905-417-3737 X2007

 

Eitz Chaim Schools

Eitz Chaim School provides an inspiring, nurturing, intensive, and challenging Jewish and general studies programme. Eitz Chaim prepares students for a joyful, lifelong relationship with Hashem rooted in Torah learning and yiras shomayim, mitzvah observance, and derech eretz. Eitz Chaim promotes ahavas yisroel for all Jews and inspires students to make a Kiddush Hashem in the wider Jewish community and world.

Admissions

Rabbi Mordechai Loiterman, Head of School
E: mloiterman@eitzchaim.com | P: 905-764-6633 X1002

Tuition Assistance

Chavie Lyons | Tuition Manager
E: tuition@eitzchaim.com | P: 647-655-2691

 

The Joe Dwek Ohr HaEmet Sephardic School

Students at The Joe Dwek Ohr HaEmet Sephardic School are infused with a love for and commitment to Jewish learning and Torah observance. Our mission is to help students acquire the knowledge, proficiency, and attitude to become responsible members of the Jewish community, as well as to become enthusiastic, lifelong, independent seekers of Torah and general knowledge.

Uniquely, through enriched and interactive programs, The Joe Dwek Ohr HaEmet Sephardic School students are imbued with a special appreciation of their Sephardic traditions and heritage throughout their education. In order to help safeguard our inheritance, The Joe Dwek Ohr HaEmet Sephardic School students actively learn about Sephardic laws and customs.

In everything we do, learning comes alive at The Joe Dwek Ohr HaEmet Sephardic School.

Admissions

Mrs. Jana Cohen | Director of Recruitment and Retention
E: jana.cohen@jdohss.org | P: 905-669-7653 X223

Jdohss.org

Tuition Assistance

Mercedes Bendayan | Executive Director
E:mercedes.bendayan@jdohss.org | P: 905-669-7653 X233

 
 

The Leo Baeck Day School

Leo Baeck, a nurturing and inclusive Reform Jewish day school, provides International Baccalaureate academics, paired with a modern approach to Judaism, honouring tradition and encouraging individual choice. We inspire students to be creative and critical thinkers who understand themselves and their responsibility to the world around them.

The Leo Baeck Day School nurtures each child academically, spiritually, physically, and artistically, while providing a modern and meaningful Jewish educational experience.

A Leo Baeck education offers your child the best of all worlds: a Jewish education that is at once progressive and embraces tradition, paired with a powerful academic program that engages with the world.

Janice Prazoff | Director of

Admissions

Janice Prazoff | Director of Admission
E: jprazoff@leobaeck.ca | P:416-787-9899 X224

Tuition Assistance

Claire Flotner, Director of Operations
E: cflotner@leobaeck.ca | P: 416-787-9899 X251

 

Netivot HaTorah Day School

Netivot HaTorah is a co-educational Modern Orthodox elementary Jewish day school, which offers an ideal learning environment that enriches your child and your home, creates lively Shabbat tables, a passion for our yidishkeit, a commitment to our religion, and a deep connection to Eretz Israel. At Netivot HaTorah, personalities emerge, individuality develops, friendships form, and your child thrives. That is our commitment.

Admissions

Mashie Feintuch | Director of Admissions
E: mfeintuch@netivot.com | P: 905-771-1234 X234

Tuition Assistance

Michal Shvartsman | Tuition Manager
E: michal@netivot.com | P: 905-771-1234 X217

Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School

Paul Penna Downtown Jewish Day School (Paul Penna DJDS) is a vibrant SK to Grade 8 Jewish day school committed to educational excellence in a dynamic environment. The school’s distinct program integrates Judaic and general studies, while encouraging artistic expression as a tool for learning. Committed to social justice and tikkun olam (repairing the world), we nurture responsible citizens and compassionate, confident human beings. We offer students the opportunity to meet their full potential as individuals, Jews, and valued members of the larger community. Embracing the values of diversity and equality, the school welcomes students of all Jewish backgrounds.

Admissions

Sheri Rapp | Recruitment, Retention and Marketing Manager
E: sheri@djds.ca | P: 416-928-3537 X6654

Tuition Assistance

Cheryl Fine | Operations Manager
E: cheryl@djds.ca | P: 416-928-3537 X6144

 

Robbins Hebrew Academy

As a progressive Jewish learning academy (Nursery – Grade 8), RHA equips students with the skills to think critically, the imagination to think beyond, and the discipline that builds character. Through a personalized approach to learning, RHA encourages students to take ownership of their learning goals, be supported by world-class faculty who are there every step of the way, resulting in graduates who are inspired to explore, discover, debate and imagine with the core competencies that will equip them to make a difference in the world.

Admissions

Michael Ferman | Director of Admissions
E: mferman@rhacademy.ca | 416-224-8737 X137


Tuition Assistance

Nava Blankenstein | Director of Finance
E: nblankenstein@rhacademy.ca | P: 416-505-4337

The Toronto Heschel School

The Toronto Heschel School is an interdenominational Jewish day school that provides an academically innovative, integrated curriculum in a warm, nurturing environment. The school’s inclusive community is made up of families and faculty from diverse backgrounds.

At the Toronto Heschel School, we approach your child’s growth as a whole: intellectual, creative, social, ethical, and physical.

Our community is inclusive and respectful of all Jewish practices. At Heschel, the whole curriculum is integrated, which promotes a deeper understanding of the content and allows children to apply their learning across all disciplines. Our students are encouraged to think about global issues and to act.

Admissions

Bailey Daniels | Director of Admissions & Marketing
E: admissions@torontoheschel.org | P:416-635-1876 X334

Tuition Assistance

Mark Abramsohn | Tuition Assistance
E: admin@torontoheschel.org | P: 416-635-1876 X225

Our Story

For 100 years, Jewish day schools have played a key role in shaping our community.

Research has proven that Jewish day school graduates are:

  • more likely to lead engaged Jewish lives;
  • have strong connections to Israel; and
  • take on leadership roles within the Jewish community.

Day school students represent over half of our Jewish summer camp counsellors, Israel advocates on campus, Birthright Israel madrichim, and synagogue youth leaders. Our entire community benefits from Toronto’s strong system of Jewish education.

Unfortunately, lack of affordability undermines the Jewish journey of many families. And declining enrollment weakens our day school system as a whole, undermining our shared Jewish future.

Fortunately, experience demonstrates that making day school more affordable can boost enrollment quickly. Recent UJA pilot programs and temporary tuition relief, including emergency scholarships in response to the 2020 pandemic, have confirmed the need for long-term, system-wide change.

This is what the Generations Trust Scholarship will offer many families with elementary-aged children.

The Generations Trust was founded by a group of visionary philanthropic leaders, who have together committed endowments to provide day school tuition relief for generations to come. This program will cover the difference for qualifying families, many of whom are not currently eligible for UJA’s regular tuition assistance programs. Through Generations Trust, we will ensure that more members of our Jewish community – now and in future – will benefit from a life-changing Jewish day school education.

Frequently Asked Questions 

The Generations Trust Scholarship is a new financial assistance program for families with children enrolled in UJA funded elementary schools. The scholarship provides qualifying families with a maximum total tuition fee for all their children (up to three per family), based on a percentage of household income. This total tuition fee does not change, regardless of whether a family has one, two or three children.

By capping household tuition, the benefits a family will receive from a Generations Trust Scholarship grow with the number of children enrolled in elementary Jewish day school.
For example, a family may find that the calculator sets their household tuition cap at $21,000.
• With one child enrolled, they receive no benefit as they would pay their school’s regular tuition of $16,000 (this is an example fee – please contact your school for exact tuition fees for the 2022/23 school year)
• With two children enrolled, they pay $10,500 per student
• With three children enrolled, they pay $7,000 per student

No. The Generations Trust Scholarship does not replace UJA’s Regular Tuition Assistance Program. To determine which program may be right for your family, please follow these two easy steps:

1. Use our online calculator, which can estimate your eligibility for both programs
2. Connect with a representative from your school of choice to further determine your eligibility

Please note: Families can only receive either the Generations Trust Scholarship OR the Regular Tuition Assistance Program.

Key areas of difference:

Eligibility
The Generations Trust Scholarship is for families who earn a minimum pre-tax household income of $120,000 and have up to 3 children enrolled in JK – Grade 8 at one or more UJA-funded elementary Jewish day schools.

In comparison, the Regular Tuition Assistance Program does not have specified minimum or maximum income qualifications. Families with any number of children enrolled at one or more UJA-funded elementary or high schools may apply for the Tuition Assistance Program.

Application Information
The Generations Trust Scholarship only considers household income for the 2020 tax year.
The Regular Tuition Assistance Program considers household income, debt, assets and expenditures for the 2021 tax year.

To determine which program may be right for your family, please follow these two easy steps:

1. Use our online calculator, which can estimate your eligibility for both programs
2. Connect with a representative from your school of choice to further determine your eligibility

No. This program was created to provide a long-term source of tuition relief for qualifying families. If your family continues to meet the eligibility requirements for a Generations Trust Scholarship, you can rest assured that it will be available for the full duration of your children’s elementary day school education.


Please note that Scholarships are recalculated on an annual basis to ensure tuition relief aligns with your current family income.

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto provides significant tuition relief for Jewish day school families, in partnership with its funded Jewish day schools through UJA’s Regular Tuition Assistance Program.

The Generations Trust Scholarship was developed to provide tuition relief for Jewish elementary school families that may not currently qualify for the Regular Tuition Assistance Program, but still struggle to afford the cost of a day school education.

The Generations Trust Scholarship is made possible by a local group of visionary Jewish philanthropists, who are dedicated to ensuring a strong future for our community. Donations to the Trust are invested as an endowment and managed by the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto. Funds from the endowment will be used to subsidize Scholarships on an annual basis.

In early 2021, UJA Federation reached an important fundraising milestone that enabled us to launch the Scholarship program for qualifying families, beginning with the 2021-22 academic year. At the same time, we are committed to ensuring the Scholarship benefits families for generations to come, especially as our community grows and evolves in the coming decades. This is why UJA Federation is continuing to fundraise and further build the endowment.

We are immensely grateful for this visionary investment in Jewish education. At the same time, UJA’s top priority remains caring for the Jewish vulnerable and ensuring a strong community recovery. The fact that we can continue meeting the urgent challenge of the pandemic while addressing the long-term issue of day school affordability speaks to the incredible generosity of our donors.

The Generations Trust Scholarship is for families who earn a minimum pre-tax household income of $120,000 and have up to 3 children enrolled in JK – Grade 8 at one or more UJA-funded Jewish elementary schools. 

In comparison, the Regular Tuition Assistance Program does not have specified minimum or maximum income qualifications and is for families with any number of children enrolled at one or more UJA-funded elementary schools or UJA funded high schools (Bnei Akiva Schools, Yeshiva Darchei Torah, TanenbaumCHAT, Tiferes Bais Yaakov.)

  1. To determine which program may be right for your family, please follow these two easy steps: Use our online calculator, which can estimate your eligibility for both programs
  2. Connect with a representative from your school of choice to further determine your eligibility

If your family does not meet the eligibility criteria for a Generations Trust Scholarship, you may qualify for UJA’s Regular Tuition Assistance Program.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Use our online calculator, which can estimate your eligibility for the Regular Tuition Assistance Program
  2. Connect with a representative from your school of choice to further determine your eligibility

The Generations Trust Scholarship supports up to three children per family. If you have more than three children enrolled at one or more UJA-funded elementary schools, and meet all other eligibility criteria, you may be eligible to apply for UJA’s regular Tuition Assistance Program, which offers assistance for families with any number of children.

To determine which program may be right for your family, please follow these two easy steps:

  1. Use our online calculator, which can estimate your eligibility for both programs
  2. Connect with a representative from your school of choice to further determine your eligibility

The Generations Trust Scholarship only provides assistance for children attending UJA-funded elementary schools. If you receive support for your elementary school children through a Generations Trust Scholarship, you cannot simultaneously receive support for your high school-aged children through UJA’s Regular Tuition Assistance Program.

However, there are two programs for which you can receive support for your high school children, while also receiving a Generations Trust Scholarship for your elementary school children:

To help you determine which financial assistance program makes the most sense for your family, please connect with a representative from your school of choice.

Families are eligible to apply for other financial assistance programs, including Jewish Summer Camps and Jewish Experiences (e.g. March of the Living) in addition to receiving a Generations Trust Scholarship.

However, families cannot combine the Generations Trust Scholarship with UJA’s Regular Tuition Assistance Program for Jewish day school. If you have received or are currently receiving support through the Regular Tuition Assistance Program, this does not disqualify your family from applying for a Generations Trust Scholarship for the 2022/23 school year. However, students may only receive assistance through either the Generations Trust Scholarship OR UJA’s Regular Tuition Assistance Program in any academic year. 

Some families with only one student enrolled at a UJA funded elementary school may find that their total tuition fee under a Generations Trust Scholarship exceeds the per-student fee charged by their school of choice. In this case, you will of course only pay the regular tuition fee set by the school.

If your family requires financial assistance and your per-student fee is lower than your Generations Trust Scholarship total tuition fee, please connect with a representative from your school of choice to receive more information about whether you are a good candidate for other forms of financial assistance.

To receive more detailed information about which program is the best fit for your family, please connect with a representative from your school of choice. 

Please note that the calculator only provides an estimate regarding your eligibility and qualifying amount for a Generations Trust Scholarship. Confirmation of your family’s scholarship eligibility can only be determined after applying to your school of choice and for a Generations Trust Scholarship. Admission decisions are solely the discretion of the schools.

Your Generations Trust Scholarship maximum tuition fee represents an estimate of the maximum total tuition you would pay for up to three students enrolled in the same academic year. Please note that this number represents a household tuition cap based on your family’s total pre-tax income. The cap does not change if you have one, two, or three students enrolled. 

Therefore, the tuition cap for some families may exceed the regular tuition fee charged by their school of choice. In this case, you will of course only pay the regular tuition fee set by the school.

If your family requires financial assistance and your per-student fee is lower than your Generations Trust Scholarship total tuition fee, please connect with a representative from your school of choice to receive more information about whether you are a good candidate for other forms of financial assistance.

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Use our online calculator, which can estimate your eligibility for the Regular Tuition Assistance Program
  2. Connect with a representative from your school of choice to further determine your eligibility
  3. Submit your application for either program through UJA Community Scholarships – our secure online portal for financial assistance programs, including Jewish day school, part time Jewish education programs, Jewish summer camp and Jewish experiences.

Generations Trust Scholarship applications open in November 2021.

Regular Tuition Assistance Program applications open Spring 2022.

To complete your Generations Trust Scholarship application, you will need to provide:

  • T1 (in its entirety)
  • Notice of Assessment (NoA)
  • Total investment value (i.e. savings, TFSA, interest in a private company)
  • All other unrecorded supplemental income
  • If you are self-employed: T2125 
  • If you own or partially own the business from which you earn income: 
    • T2
    • Year-end financial statements from your business
  • If you own real estate other than your home residence:
    • Location of property
    • Current estimated value
    • Current mortgage value

To complete your Regular Tuition Assistance Program application, you will need to provide:

 

Income

  • T1 (in its entirety)
  • Notice of Assessment (NoA)
  • Total investment value (i.e. savings, TFSA, interest in a private company)
  • All other unrecorded supplemental income
  • Two consecutive payslips
  • If you are self-employed: T2125 
  • If you own real estate other than your home residence:
    • Location of property
    • Current estimated value
    • Current mortgage value

Assets

  • Property tax assessment (upload form)
  • Annual property tax (enter information)
  • Mortgage statement (upload form)
  • Real estate other than your primary residence
    • Mortgage information (enter information)
  • Vehicle information
    • Purchase price
    • Total payments per month (amount owing)
  • RRSP (upload statement)
  • RESP (upload statement)
  • TFSA (upload statement)
  • Intangible assets (description and market value)
  • If you own or partially own the business from which you earn income: 
    • T2
    • Year-end financial statements from your business
  • Trust/estate information:
    • Current value of your share
    • Annual distribution

Expenditures

  • Rent expenses (if applicable)
  • Insurance expenses
  • Miscellaneous family expenses (tutoring, nanny, daycare costs, children’s extracurricular activity expenses, etc.)
  • Other expenses (weddings, bar mitzvahs, adoption, charitable donations, etc.)

The Generations Trust Scholarship only considers household income for the 2020 tax year.

The Regular Tuition Assistance Program considers household income, debt, assets and expenditures for the 2021 tax year

The Generations Trust Scholarship is not able to assess non-Canadian tax records at this time. However, you may qualify for the Regular Tuition Assistance Program, which accepts non-Canadian tax records.

To receive more information, please connect directly with a representative from your school of choice.

Generations Trust Scholarship applications are reviewed by the Generations Trust Scholarship review committee.

Regular Tuition Assistance applications are reviewed by each school’s tuition assistance committee.

 

While exact timing will be determined by the volume of applications received, your application will be processed as quickly as possible. 

If you would like an update on the status of your application, please connect with a tuition representative from your school of choice.

 

You will receive an automatic confirmation email to your Inbox after you have submitted your application.

If you do not receive a confirmation email, please check your Spam box. Otherwise, please contact the UJA Community Scholarships Helpdesk at ujahelp@re-solved.ca.

If your Scholarship application is approved, you will be notified by a representative from your school.

If your Scholarship application is not approved, you will receive notification through the UJA Community Scholarships portal.

While there is no set application closure date, we encourage you to complete your application as soon as possible.

For any technical questions about the UJA Community Scholarships portal (e.g. difficulty uploading documents, saving your application draft), please contact ujahelp@re-solved.ca 

Do you have questions we have not answered here? Please connect with a representative from your school(s) of choice.