Youth Aged out of Care Funding

Tuition Waiver Program Funding

Youth who have aged out of care and are attending Vancouver Island University can apply for two tuition waiver programs; the BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program (PTWP) and the Vancouver Island University Tuition Waiver Program (VIUTWP). Student eligibility will first be assessed for the PTWP.  If a student is not eligible for the PTWP, eligibility will then be assessed for the VIUTWP. To apply, complete the following three forms and return them to the Financial Aid office:

 

I. BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program

The Provincial Tuition Waiver Program (PTWP) waives tuition fees for BC students attending a BC public post-secondary institution, who are 19 to 26 years of age (inclusive), who were former youth in care for a total of two years or more (consecutive or accumulated) in one or more of the eligible categories. To view the list of eligible categories, see the BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program application form.

To view criteria and for more information visit https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/education-training/post-secondary-education/pay-for-school/provincial-tuition-waiver-program

What is covered?

The PTWP covers tuition and mandatory fees charged by the institution, that are required in order for you to successfully complete the program/courses your are enrolled in.

This program is not intended to replace existing programs. Other programs that help offset educational and other related costs will continue. Students receiving funding through another program such as the Youth Education Assistance Fund (YEAF) or Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) are still eligible for a tuition waiver.

How do I apply?

  •  Go to the University you are considering
  •  Meet with an Educational Advisor to discuss program options
  • Bring the following completed original documents to the Financial Aid & Awards office
    • BC Tuition Waiver Application
    • VIU Tuition Waiver Program Application & Tuition Waiver Authorization Release of Information form

See the FAQ's and Validation Process below for more information:

BC Provincial Tuition Waiver - Frequently Asked Questions

BC Provincial Tuition Waiver - Validation Process

II. Vancouver Island University Post-Care Tuition Waiver Program

Vancouver Island University (VIU) offers the VIU Tuition Waiver Program to eligible students 19 years of age or older (no age cap) who are living in or have lived as a youth in care in British Columbia for a total of 12 months or more (consecutive or accumulated) in one or more of the eligible categories.

What is covered?

The VIU Tuition Waiver Program covers tuition and mandatory fees charged by the institution that are required in order for you to successfully complete the program/course you are enrolled in.

This program is not intended to replace existing programs. Students accessing funding though other programs are still eligible for a tuition waiver.

Application Deadlines

VIU Tuition Waiver application deadlines are October 31 and March 31. Application deadlines are implemented to allow time for course enrollment. Direct late application inquiries to financialaidinfo@viu.ca and indicate "Tuition Waiver Program Application" in the subject line.

How do I apply?

  • Meet with a VIU Educational Advisor to discuss program options
  • Bring the following completed original documents to the Financial Aid & Awards office
    • BC Tuition Waiver Application
    • VIU Tuition Waiver Program Application & Tuition Waiver Authorization Release of Information form

For more information see the  Post-Care Tuition Waiver Program - Questions & Answers or  Contact Us for assistance.

Youth Education Assistance Fund (YEAF)

The Youth Education Assistance Fund (YEAF) makes a difference in the lives of young adults who have spent time in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a delegated Aboriginal agency. YEAF provides grants to students 19 to 24 years of age attending university, college, university-college, an institute or designated private school. Eligible students can receive up to $5,500 in grants per program year.

Further information, visit StudentAid BC

Youth Education Bursary

The Youth Education Bursary assists young people that are, or have been in care pursue a career in social, health or education services. Bursaries support students with the financial costs of tuition, books, and supplies for post-secondary academic, technical or vocational training or academic upgrading.

Further information and applications may be obtained from the Federation of Community Social Services of BC website.

Youth Futures Education Fund

The Youth Futures Education Fund was established to provide living expenses to youth who have aged out of the foster care system and are attending a post-secondary institution on a tuition waiver.

To apply, please visit the Financial Aid & Awards office.

Agreements with Young Adults (AYA Funding)

If you’ve been in foster care or had a Youth Agreement, you may qualify for the Agreements with a Young Adult (AYA) program to help cover the cost of things like housing, child care, tuition and health care while you go back to school, or attend rehabilitation, vocational or approved life skills program.

More Resources for Former Youth in Care

TELUS Mobility For Good

TELUS Mobility For Good provides youth (between 19-26 years) who were in permanent or temporary care of Ministry of Children and Family Development/Delegated Aboriginal Agency with access to a TELUS cell phone plan at $0 per month, which will include unlimited across Canada talk and text and up to 3GB of monthly data usage. 

AGED OUT

AgedOut.com is for young adults who were in government care in BC. It's an up-to-date warehouse of information on resources and services available to young adults and a learning tool to help people feel empowered as they leave care.

For more information on available funding for Youth in Care, check out A guide to: Scholarships, bursaries, tuition waivers and awards for Children in and from Government Care in BC

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