Financial Aid
Tuition Waiver Program for Former Youth in Care

Tuition for former youth in care will be waived for B.C. students who are between 19 - 26 years of age (inclusive), attending a BC public post-secondary institution(s) and who meet the following criteria:

  • Have received care* from the ministry or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency (DAA) through the Child, Family and Community Service Act for a minimum of twenty-four months (consecutive or accumulated) in any, or a combination, of the following categories:
    • 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
      • A protective order in which the court has assigned permanent custody of the child to the Director of Child Welfare (the Director).
    • Temporary Custody Order
    • A protective order in which the court has assigned custody of the child to the Director on a temporary basis.
    • A parent of a child with special needs may voluntarily and temporarily agree to place the child in the care of the Director.
    • A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of the Director
    • The Director enters into an agreement with a youth (ages 16 – 19) who needs assistance to live independently and cannot be re-established with family.
    • A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of an adult who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.
    • An order in which the court permanently transfers custody to another (non-parent) family member or another adult with an established relational or cultural connection to the child.
    • A protective order in which the court temporarily places the child in the custody of an adult who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.
    • Special Needs Agreement pursuant to section 7 of the Act
    • Voluntary Care Agreement pursuant to section 6 of the Act
    • Youth Agreement pursuant to section 12.2 of the Act
    • Extended Family Plan pursuant to section 8 of the Act
    • Permanent Transfer of Custody Order pursuant to section 54.01 or 54.1 of the Act
    • Temporary Transfer of Custody pursuant to section 41(1)(b) of the Act

The intent is to take an inclusive approach. If an individual falls outside of the above eligibility criteria, government will consider exceptions on an individual basis.

*Includes both in-care and out-of-care arrangements.

Students must complete a consent form to disclose information to validate the students eligibility with the Ministry of Children and Family Development and submit to the financial aid and awards office.