VIU to offer tuition waivers for youth in care

August 28, 2013

Vancouver Island University has become the first PSE institution in BC to offer a tuition waiver program for youth in care, responding to a challenge issued earlier this year by BC’s representative for children and youth. On Vancouver Island alone there are just over 900 youth in care under a continuing custody order, the majority of whom (63.8%) are Aboriginal. VIU’s program will represent the “first step in overcoming financial barriers that make it difficult for these students to consider and achieve success in higher education.” The new pilot program will begin this September for students who meet the eligibility criteria, and VIU will work with participating students throughout the year to “identify other financial barriers or necessary supports.” VIU Chancellor and Assembly of First Nations National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo expressed his “firm and enduring belief in the power of education to dramatically change a person’s life.” VIU News