BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program

The BC Provincial Tuition Waiver program waives tuition fees for BC students attending a BC public post-secondary institution, who are between 19 – 26 years of age, who were former youth in care for a combined total of two years or more.


What is available?

The tuition and mandatory fees charged by your institution, which are required to be paid in order for you to successfully complete your studies, could be waived so your institution may admit you to your program of study without collecting tuition fees.

This program waives tuition fees for former youth in care and is not intended to replace existing programs. Other programs that help offset educational costs for you will continue.

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

How do I apply?

  • Go to the University you are considering
    • Meet with an Educational Advisor to discuss program options
    • Bring your signed BC Provincial Waiver Program Consent Form to the Financial Aid office  

Vancouver Island University Post-Care Tuition Waiver Program

Vancouver Island University (VIU) offers the Post-Care Tuition Waiver Program to eligible students who have grown up in the care system in British Columbia.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for this program, the student 19 years or older (no age cap) must be a resident of British Columbia who is living in or has lived as a youth in care in British Columbia for a combined total of 12 months or more under one of the following conditions as defined by the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA):

  • Continuing Custody Order pursuant to sections 41(1)(d), 42.2(4)(d) or (7) or 49(4), (5) or 10(a) of the Act for a minimum of one year
  • Adopted pursuant to the Adoption Act in care for a minimum of one year
  • An Agreement with Youth pursuant to section 12.2 of the Act at the age of 19
  • A Transfer of Custody Order pursuant to section 54.1 of the Act

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

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

Students must also complete and sign the "Release of Information" consent form and submit with their completed application.

For more information view our "Contact Us" link for a list of locations to assist you and/or email financialaidinfo@viu.ca

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 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 26 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 and applications may be obtained from the StudentAidBC website.

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