Provincial Tuition Waiver Program

This program waives tuition fees for B.C. students who are former youth in care between 19 – 26 years of age, attending a B.C. public post-secondary institution.

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. Contact your institution’s financial aid department to determine eligibility for other programs and bursaries.

Am I eligible?

You may be eligible if you:

  • Are 19-26 years old (inclusive), attending a B.C. public post-secondary institution; and,
  • Have received care from the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency (DAA) through the Child, Family and Community Service Act for a minimum of 24 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
    • Special Needs Agreement pursuant to section 7 of the Act
      • A parent of a child with special needs may voluntarily and temporarily agree to place the child in the care of the Director
    • Voluntary Care Agreement pursuant to section 6 of the Act
      • A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of the Director
    • Youth Agreement pursuant to section 12.2 of the Act
      • 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
    • Extended Family Plan pursuant to section 8 of the Act
      • 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
    • Permanent Transfer of Custody Order pursuant to section 54.01 or 54.1 of the Act
      • 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
    • Temporary Transfer of Custody pursuant to section 41(1)(b) of the Act
      • 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

If you fall outside of the eligibility criteria, exceptions will be considered on an individual basis. Submit your request to the System Navigator for consideration.

How do I apply?

  1. Visit your institution's financial aid office and complete a consent form to allow your institution to disclose information, verify your identity, and validate your eligibility with the MCFD.
  2. Your institution will submit your consent form to the MCFD. The verification process can take a couple of days to a month depending on the complexity of your records search.
  3. If you are found to be eligible, your institution will admit you to your program of study without collecting tuition fees. If you have already paid your fees, your tuition fees will be reimbursed.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I claim a waiver retroactively?

    The Tuition Waiver Program is effective as of September 1, 2017. You will not be able to claim tuition fee reimbursements for study periods prior to September 1, 2017. For September 2017 and beyond, you may claim reimbursement at any time during your study period (a study period is defined as the first day of classes to the final class or exam, whichever is later).

    If a you have paid for September 2017 enrollment, or in the case of some trades programs, August 2017 enrollment, the Program applies and your tuition fees will be reimbursed.

    If you fall outside of the eligibility criteria but wish to make a case to be considered, you or your institution can submit a request to the System Navigator for consideration.
  2. What about part-time students?

    This program applies to part-time students as long as you remain enrolled beyond the drop date for each study period.

  3. Is successful completion a determinant of whether or not a tuition waiver is issued?

    This program applies as long as you are still enrolled in a course or program beyond the drop date for each study period.

  4. What are the limits on the type of programs (e.g., can you get tuition waived for a masters or medical degree)?

    This program applies to the wide range of study programs outlined below. There is no minimum course duration, course load, or maximum tuition fee coverage.
  • Credit and non-credit courses leading to a certificate, diploma, credential or undergraduate degree
  • Courses taken during unclassified qualifying years, non-credit-based trades programs and continuing education programs eligible for student financial assistance
  • Apprenticeship training
  • Any non-credit courses associated with lifelong learning or competencies related to the labour market

    This Program does not apply to graduate or post-graduate courses or programs.