Funding for former youth in care

About the funding

As a former youth in care you may be eligible for the following awards:

  • BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program
  • UBC Tuition Waiver Program
  • Youth Education Assistance Fund (YEAF)
  • Agreements with Youth Adults (AYA)

Note: Please apply to both the BC Provincial Tuition Waiver and the UBC Post Care Tuition Waiver. If you are eligible for both programs, you will ONLY receive funding through the BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program. Funding would apply towards your first undergraduate degree program at UBC.

BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program

The BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program is for eligible students who have lived as youth in care in BC and covers the cost of tuition fees of a first undergraduate degree.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must meet the criteria set out by the BC Government.

Check your eligibility

How to apply

  1. Apply for admission to UBC.
  2. Download and complete the Provincial Consent Form
  3. Submit your signed consent form by e-mail to chris.rambaran@ubc.ca

Application deadline

All submissions must be received no later than 4 weeks before the end of your study period.

UBC Tuition Waiver Program

The UBC Post Care Tuition Waiver is for eligible students who have lived as youth in care in BC and covers the cost of the tuition fees of a first undergraduate degree.

Am I eligible?

To be eligible, you must:

Enrol at UBC for your first undergraduate degree
And meet one of the following criteria:
  • In the continuing custody of the director under the Child, Family and Community Service Act or a delegated Aboriginal agency for at least one year between the ages of 12 and 19.
  • In the temporary care of the director under the Child, Family and Community Service Act or a delegated Aboriginal agency for at least three years between the ages of 12 and 19.
  • Under the guardianship of a director as referred to in the Family Law Act for at least one year between the ages of 12 and 19.
  • Under a Youth Agreement at your 19 birthday.

How to apply

  1. Apply for admission to UBC
  2. Download the UBC Post Care Tuition Waiver application
  3. Submit your completed form by e-mail to chris.rambaran@ubc.ca 

Application deadline

All submissions must be received no later than 4 weeks before the end of your study period.

Youth Education Assistance Fund (YEAF)

The Youth Education Assistance Fund provides yearly grants up to $5,500 to eligible students aged 19 to 24 who have lived as youth in care in BC. Find out more on the StudentAid BC website.

Agreements with Youth Adults (AYA)

The Agreements with Youth Adults (AYA) program is for students who have been in foster care or had a youth agreements.

This program provides assistance with the following costs:

  • housing
  • childcare
  • tuition
  • health care

For more information visit Agreements with Young Adults.

Addition resources

Aged Out brought to you by Former Youth in Care

This online resource was created by and for youth that have been in care or are currently in care. This interactive website explores topics such as health and wellness, housing, and ID needs. For more information visit Agedout.com.

UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Awards

The UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award program assists students who are transitioning to UBC from secondary school or another post-secondary school or another post-secondary institution. The purpose of the program is to financially support academically qualified students who show an interest in joining and contributing to the UBC community, but who would not be able to attend withou significant financial assistance. Through the program, new students can access a variety of one-time and renewable awards of up to $40,000, payable over four years. For those studying on UBC's Vancouver campus, there are opportunities to receive full-ride awards that cover the full cost of their degree and living expenses.

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