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Breaking Down Barriers: A Guide to the Post-Secondary Application Process for Newcomers

Updated: Mar 9, 2023



The post-secondary application process can be a confusing and intimidating experience for anyone, but it can be incredibly challenging for newcomers and underrepresented youth in Canada. Yet, despite their obstacles, pursuing post-secondary education is an important step in reaching their full potential and creating a brighter future. This blog post will explore the post-secondary application process for newcomers and underrepresented youth in Canada, including what they need to know, what barriers they may face, and how to overcome them.

Understanding the Application Process

The post-secondary application process typically involves filling out an application, submitting transcripts and other required documents, and possibly taking an admission test or attending an interview.

To increase your chances of success, start preparing early. It would be best to research different post-secondary institutions and programs to find the one best suited to your needs and goals.

Barriers to Access

For many newcomers and underrepresented youth, access to post-secondary education can present several barriers, including language proficiency, lack of information, financial constraints, and discrimination. These barriers can make the application process even more confusing and overwhelming.

Language Proficiency

Language proficiency can be a significant barrier to post-secondary education for newcomers to Canada. Many post-secondary institutions require a minimum proficiency in English or French, and students who are not fluent may need to take additional language courses before enrolling in a program.

Lack of Information

Many newcomers and underrepresented youth may need to be made aware of the various post-secondary options available, or they may need access to the information and resources needed to make informed decisions. This lack of knowledge can make the application process much more complex and limit their chances of success.

Financial Constraints

Paying for post-secondary education can be a challenge for many students. However, it can be even more difficult for newcomers and underrepresented youth who may need access to the same financial resources as their peers. In addition, some programs and institutions may require students to pay additional fees or materials, making post-secondary education even more inaccessible.

Overcoming Barriers

While the post-secondary application process can be challenging for newcomers and underrepresented youth, there are several ways to overcome these barriers and increase your chances of success. Here are some steps you can take:

Start Early: The earlier you start preparing for the post-secondary application, the more time you will have to overcome any barriers you may face.

Seek Out Resources: Many resources are available to help newcomers and underrepresented youth prepare for post-secondary education, including government programs and community organizations like the For the Love of Youth Project (FLY)

Develop Strong Language Skills: Improving your language proficiency can significantly increase your chances of success in the post-secondary application process. Consider taking language courses or using language-learning resources to improve your skills.

Take Advantage of Financial Assistance: There are many financial assistance programs available to help students pay for post-secondary education, including loans, grants, and scholarships. Research and take advantage of these resources.

Advocate for Yourself: If you face barriers during the post-secondary application process, it is crucial to speak up and advocate for yourself. Reach out to support organizations, like FLY, or the institution itself to ensure your rights are respected.

In conclusion, pursuing a post-secondary education can be a transformative and empowering experience for newcomers and underrepresented youth in Canada. With the resources and determination, you can overcome any obstacle.

FLY Breakdown Method to Applying!

Start early

Seek all available resources

Work on language skills

Take advantage of financial assistance

Be your own advocate

Newcomers and underrepresented youth can take significant steps toward reaching their full potential and creating a brighter future.

This guide serves as a reminder that education is a right, not a privilege, and anyone can reach their academic and career goals with hard work and persistence.

So, to all the newcomers and underrepresented youth, The Expert Collective says this:

"Believe in yourselves, stay focused on your goals, and never give up. Your future is in your hands, and the possibilities are endless."


For the Love of Youth (FLY) services are free and funded by the Government of Canada's Supports for Student Learning Program (SSLP).

FLY is committed to providing high-quality support to students, families, and educators who need it most. Our team is dedicated to creating a safe and supportive environment for students to learn and grow.

Learn more about the For the Love of Youth (FLY) Project.




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