BC PSE institutions support students who have lived in foster care

June 11, 2014

Several BC PSE institutions have recently responded to a challenge from BC’s independent Representative for Children and Youth to provide free tuition to students who have grown up in foster care. In 2013, Vancouver Island University launched a pilot program to issue waivers to former children in care; now, the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology has responded as well, citing its mandate to provide educational opportunities for BC’s Aboriginal students. “NVIT is committed to accessible Aboriginal education. Given that over 50% of the 8,202 youth in care in BC are Aboriginal, this waiver provides NVIT an opportunity to be responsive and relevant to the unique learner population NVIT serves,” said Kylie Thomas, NVIT Director of Students & Registrar. Langara College and the University of Victoria have also recently created programs to provide tuition relief for students who grew up in care. Beginning in fall 2014, Langara will allocate $200,000 annually in bursaries to cover up to the costs of tuition and student fees. UVic, meanwhile, has created a $20,000 award that will be awarded to a maximum of 5 eligible students. NVIT News Release | Langara News | Vancouver Sun (1) | Vancouver Sun (2) | Times-Colonist