Find scholarships and bursaries

Scholarships and bursaries provide financial support to help you cover the costs of going to school. They can help cover a variety of expenses including tuition, text books, housing, food, and other living essentials.

What are the different types of funding I can get for school?

  • Bursaries are money awards you get based on your financial need.
  • Scholarships are money awards you get for having high grades or other achievements.
  • Grants are money awards you get based on high grades or financial need.
  • Tuition waivers are used by some post-secondary schools to allow students to attend by "waiving" the cost.

What are grants, bursaries, scholarships video:

What am I eligible for?

It depends. Start by looking for funding for your age group and care status. Here's what's out there:

Canadian youth with any government care experience starting their first post-secondary program:

Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund 

If you had a Continuing Custody Order (CCO) and are:

Under 19 years old

Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC)
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP)
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
Children's Aid Foundation 
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN)
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS)
HSBC National Transformation Project
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
Simon Fraser University Tuition Assistance Program
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver
Youth Educational Assistance Fund

19-24 years old
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC)
Agreement with Young Adults (AYA)
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP)
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
Children's Aid Foundation
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN)
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS)
HSBC National Transformation Project
Ken Dryden Scholarship

Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT)
Simon Fraser University Tuition Assistance Program
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver
Youth Educational Assistance Fund
Youth in Care Canada (YICC)

Over 24 years old
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC)
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP)
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
Children's Aid Foundation
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN)
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS)
HSBC National Transformation Project
Ken Dryden Scholarship Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT)
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver
Youth Educational Assistance Fund (for 19 - 24, but you can appeal.)

If you had a Temporary Custody Order (TCO) and are:

Under 19 to 25 years old
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC)
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP)
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN)
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS)
HSBC National Transformation Project
Ken Dryden Scholarship Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Simon Fraser University Tuition Assistance Program
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program

Over 24 years old

Ken Dryden Scholarship
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program
HSBC National Transformation Project

 

 

 

If you had a Youth Agreement (YAG) and are:

Under 19 years old
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC)
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP)
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN)
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS)
HSBC National Transformation Project
Ken Dryden Scholarship Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
Simon Fraser University Tuition Assistance Program
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver

19-24 years old
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC)
Agreement with Young Adults (AYA)
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP)
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN)
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS)
HSBC National Transformation Project
Ken Dryden Scholarship Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
Simon Fraser University Tuition Assistance Program
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver

Over 24 years old
Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC)
BCIT Tuition Waiver program
Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks (FBCYICN)
BC Federation of Foster Parents (BCFFP)
Federation of Community Social Services (FCSS)
HSBC National Transformation Project
Ken Dryden Scholarship Kwantlen Polytechnic University 
Langara Bursary program
Nicola Valley Institute of Technology Tuition Waiver program
UBC Tuition Waiver Program
Vancouver Island Tuition Waiver
University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program

If you had a transfer of custody (54.1):

Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC)

 

HSBC National Transformation Project
Kwantlen Polytechnic University 

 

University of Victoria Tuition Waiver program

 

Insider Tip

When you leave care, get a letter indicating your care status because many of the bursaries require you to "prove" you were in care. If you have already left care, you can contact your last social worker's office and ask them to provide you the information. Because of privacy issues you might have to go into an office and show ID to get that information.

How do I apply for funding?

You can often apply online, but the program's website will have more info. You might need these things to apply:

  • A reference
  • Proof of enrollment
  • A letter showing your care status
  • A brief description on how the bursary would help you
  • A budget to show your financial need

How much money will I get?

It depends on the program. Check the program's website for the amount of funding.

Insider Tip

Not all bursaries will give you the full amount listed on the website. Sometimes the organization will only have a certain amount of money to give out and will divide it among the best applicants. If you're not sure whether you'll get the full amount, contact the organization and ask them.

Do they cover my living expenses?

Check the program's website to find out what the funding will cover. Some only pay tuition. Others allow for more flexibility in how you spend the money.

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