Questions You May Have
I was in care, but not for two years in a row. Am I eligible?
Yes, all experiences in care, in a youth agreement or in the custody of family members may be combined to meet eligibility requirements.
Here are two examples that may be eligible:
- You were in care for six months at four different times.
- You were in care for one year, and then in a transfer of custody for another year.
I was in care, but I was adopted. Am I eligible?
Yes, if you meet the other eligibility criteria, including being in care for at least two years.
What if I change programs?
No problem! Any program at any public post-secondary institution (listed above) is eligible.
Where can I go to learn more about trades apprenticeships and training?
The skilled trades and credentialing system for the province is lead and coordinated by SkilledTrades BC (formerly the Industry Training Authority). If you are unclear about how to get into trades, check out SkilledTradesBC.
The waiver covers the tuition and eligible fees a university or college charges each student. Other school-related expenses, (books or dormitory fees) must be paid by the student. You may be eligible for additional support through The Learning for Future Grant, Agreements with Young Adults (AYA), scholarships and bursaries or student loan programs. Eligibility for these programs varies; check out www.AgedOut.com/education for more information.
Can I get a tuition waiver while I am on an AYA?
Yes! Each program has different requirements so check out www.AgedOut.com/education for more information.
Do I have to pay this money back?
No! This is not a loan program.
How long can I receive a tuition waiver?
You can receive a tuition waiver until the completion of your program.
I was told that I was not eligible, but I think I should be. Who can I contact for more information?
If you believe your time in care may have been miscalculated, you can contact the System Navigator with the Ministry of Post-Secondary Education and Future Skills at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The expanded tuition waiver program is the first of a number of improved supports government is developing for young people who have aged out of care.