Provincial Tuition Waiver Program
The Provincial Tuition Waiver Program supports B.C. students who are former youth in care who are attending either full-time or part-time studies at a B.C. public post-secondary institution, Native Education College or one of 10 eligible union trades training centres (see full list below).
What is available?
If you meet the eligibility requirements below, your tuition and mandatory fees charged by your institution could be waived so you do not have to pay them. This includes any deposits that an institution may require to secure admission or space in a program or class.
Am I eligible?
You may be eligible if you:
- Are a resident of B.C.;
- Are studying full-time or part-time;
- Are attending a B.C. public post-secondary institution, Native Education College or one of 10 approved trades training providers (see below for full list of eligible institutions);
- Are between the ages of 19-26 (inclusive); or
- Are 17 or 18 years of age, have graduated high school and are no longer in care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development or Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction; and
- Were formerly in any Ministry of Children and Family Development Legal status or The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction’s Child in Home of Relative Program for at least 24 months or 730 days (consecutive or accumulated in any combination)
Please read Chapter 5 Section 7 of the StudentAid BC Policy Manual for more information.
Eligible Programs of Study:
- The program covers a wide range of study programs:
- 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
- The program does not apply to Masters, PhD or post-graduate courses or programs or any Adult Basic Education programs and/or fees.
|Eligible post-secondary institutions:|
|British Columbia Institute of Technology||Thompson Rivers University|
|Camosun College||University of British Columbia|
|Capilano University||University of Northern British Columbia|
|College of New Caledonia||University of the Fraser Valley|
|College of the Rockies||University of Victoria|
|Douglas College||Vancouver Community College|
|Emily Carr University of Art and Design||Vancouver Island University|
|Justice Institute of British Columbia||Native Education College|
|Kwantlen Polytechnic University||Boilermaker Training Centre|
|Langara College||Construction and Specialized Workers|
|Nicola Valley Institute of Technology||D.C. 38 Joint Trade Society|
|North Island College||Electrical Joint Training Committee|
|Northern Lights College||Floorlayers Union|
|Coast Mountain College||IUOE Local 115 Training Association|
|Okanagan College||Pile Drivers Local 2404|
|Royal Roads University||Piping Industry Apprenticeship Board|
|Selkirk College||Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre Society|
|Simon Fraser University||Trowel Trades Training Association|
How do I apply?
Students must submit a Waiver Application form through the financial aid office at their post-secondary institution.
- 1 Visit your institution's financial aid office and complete a Waiver Application form to enable your institution to disclose information, verify your identity, and validate your eligibility.
- 2 Your institution will submit your consent form to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training who verifies your time-in-care with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. The verification process can take up to 4-6 weeks depending on the complexity of your records search.
- 3 If you are eligible, your institution will not collect any tuition fees or registration deposits from you. If you have already paid your fees, your tuition fees will be reimbursed by the institution.