VIU Tuition Waiver Program Application

Vancouver Island University’s Tuition Waiver Program (VIU TWP) is an initiative aimed at making post-secondary education more accessible for former youth in care by waiving tuition for eligible students.


Vancouver Island University (VIU) offers the VIU Tuition Waiver Program to eligible students who have lived in care for a minimum of one year (cumulative) in the British Columbia care system as defined by the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA). For a detailed list of eligible categories please see:

VIU Tuition Waiver Program - Questions & Answers

If students are not clear whether they meet any of the criteria, they should contact their former social worker, any Ministry of Children and Family Development office, or any delegated agency for help.


  • Answer all questions carefully. Complete all required fields. Incomplete applications cannot be processed.
  • Read the declaration at the end of this application and acknowledge your consent to submit.
  • After completing this VIU Tuition Waiver Application Form, you must complete and submit the following two additional documents to process your application. If any of these two documents are missing, your application will not be processed:
  1. VIU Authorization for Release of Information form
  2. BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Application form and email the PDF digitally-fillable document to
If you do not meet any of the criteria outlined above you may provide an explanation under “Extenuating Circumstances” in “Section 3 – Additional Information” of this application.

What does the VIU Tuition Waiver Program cover?

If approved, the VIU Tuition Waiver program covers tuition and related fees towards the completion of your first certificate, diploma or degree program. Students experiencing additional financial shortfalls are encouraged to contact the VIU Financial Aid office to apply for Emergency Bursary funding via phone: 250-740-6423 or toll-free 1-888-920-2221, local 6423 or email:

Application deadlines are March 31 (summer, fall and/or spring term) and October 31 (spring and/or summer term). Applicants will be contacted within 4 weeks of deadline to confirm eligibility and details of funding. Vancouver Island University reserves the right to change criteria based on funding available.

SECTION 1 - Personal information
In order to process your application, photo ID is required. Follow the link for instructions on how to get your student ID card during the COVID-19 pandemic. Alternatively, you may upload a copy of your government-issued photo ID (i.e. driver’s license, BCID, etc.)
Files must be less than 10 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx odt.
Note: eligibility will be verified with Accessibility Services for full-time status (6 credits for students with documented disability)
SECTION 2 – Program Information
Note: select the physical campus you would be attending if courses were not online due to COVID-19
The Tuition Waiver Program does not pay for upgrading courses, you may be eligible for the Adult Upgrading Grant. Review eligibility and download application here:
SECTION 3 - Financial Information
Have you accessed any of the following loans and/or grants
For more information on full time and part time student loans and grants visit
For more information on the Youth Education Assistance Fund (YEAF) visit
SECTION 4 – Additional Information
Provide details of your educational goals. (Max 500 words)
Provide details explaining why you should be considered for financial assistance. (Max 500 words)
If you do not meet the criteria outlined in page 1 of this application, provide us with comments supporting why you should be considered for the VIU Tuition Waiver Program. (Max 500 words)