Youth Resources

Need Financial Aid?

The Provincial Tuition Waiver Program waives tuition and eligible fees for B.C students who are current or former youth in care studying full- or part-time at the undergraduate level at a B.C. public post-secondary institution, the Native Education College, or one of the approved union-based trades training providers. Learn more about eligibility requirements.

Former youth in care who looking to enroll in post-secondary education will benefit from an expansion of the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program, effective August 1, 2023. This expansion removed the age criteria, opening the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program to former youth in care of all ages, and includes those who turn or have turned 19 in the care of the BC Ministry of Children and Family Development or an Indigenous Child and Family Service Agency legal status, regardless of time spent in care. 

This expansion also includes the introduction of a new $3,500 annual Learning for Future Grant to support educational costs, such as books, computers and supplies. Learn more about the Learning for Future Grant.

Need Support with Basic Living Expenses?

The Youth Futures Education Fund provides living expenses to youth who have aged out of the foster care system and are attending a post-secondary institution on a tuition waiver. Contact your post-secondary institution below to see if you’re eligible.

High School Student?

Our Youth Futures Education Fund – High School Student Information Package answers your questions on financial supports available for youth aging into community and wanting to pursue post-secondary studies. 

Post-Secondary Partners

BCIT: finaid@bcit.ca (Stephanie Williams)

Camosun College: financialaid@camosun.bc.ca

Capilano University: finaid@capilanou.ca

Coast Mountain College: financialaid@coastmountaincollege.ca

College of New Caledonia: finaid@cnc.bc.ca (Kimberley Bennett, Financial Aid – Team Lead/ Student Services)

College of the Rockies: financialaid@cotr.bc.ca (Lois Murray)

Douglas College: ssnavigator@douglascollege.ca (Kate Tran)

Emily Carr University of Art & Design: finawards@ecuad.ca (Charise Bryan)

Justice Institute of BC: financialaid@jibc.ca (Mary Demarinis)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University: awards@kpu.ca (Laura Vail)

Langara College: finaid@langara.ca (Arnold Clark)

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology: advising@nvit.ca

North Island College: advising@nic.bc.ca

Northern Lights College: finaid@nlc.bc.ca (Anndra Graff)

Okanagan College: financialaid@okanagan.bc.ca (Joelle Ebner)

Royal Roads University: gwen.campden@royalroads.ca (Gwen Campden)

Selkirk College: chewson@selkirk.ca (Claire Hewson, Campus Navigator) and tdolan@selkirk.ca (Teresa Dolan, Financial Aid)

Simon Fraser University: fa_awards@sfu.ca

Thompson Rivers University: finaid@tru.ca (Gordon Down)

University of Northern British Columbia: awards@unbc.ca

University of British Columbia (Vancouver): sabrina.materie@ubc.ca (Sabrina Materie)

University of British Columbia (Okanagan): halyna.petryshyn@ubc.ca (Halyna Petryshyn)

University of the Fraser Valley: financial.aid@ufv.ca (Lorraine Bingert)

University of Victoria: finaid@uvic.ca (Debra Mclldoonand  Lori Nolt)

Vancouver Community College: financialaid@vcc.ca (Murray Macgregor)

Vancouver Island University: financialaidInfo@viu.ca (Angela Meneghetti)

Native Education College: admissions@necvancouver.org  (Luci Rehlau)

Other Resources

Navigating the world as a young adult can be challenging at the best of times. Former youth in care can face even more barriers.

Information and support are available to you. Check out the following for guidance and support. 

General Inquiries

Please contact Maya Graves-Bacchus (Project Coordinator for the Youth Futures Education Fund) at mayag@uwbc.ca for general inquiries.