The provincial government has expanded an existing tuition waiver for former youth in care. The advancement expands existing tuition waivers from 11 schools to all 25 of BC’s post secondary institutions a request made in this First Call letter last year.
Bernard Richard, BC Representative for Children and Youth (RCY), welcomed the necessary expansion but expressed concern that the tuition waiver is capped at age 26, and eligible applicants must have spent a minimum of 24 months in care. There is concern this limitation may now exclude youth who were formerly eligible.
The ministry has committed to reviewing eligibility on a ‘case by case’ basis and this will be monitored by the RCY office. First Call shares these concerns, and advocates for the upper age limit to be eliminated and urged government to reconsider the minimum 2 years in care criteria. Any eligible student who already has paid fees for September enrolment will be refunded.
Read the Representative for Children and Youth statement here.
Read the ministry press release here.
Editorial by former RCY representative Mary Ellen-Turpel Lafond here.