Former Youth in Care

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UVic is committed to assisting former youth in care feel informed and supported on their educational path.
 
If you are a UVic student who was formerly in care in BC, you may be eligible for the BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program, Learning for Future Grant and/or the UVic Youth in Care Tuition Award.

 

BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program & Learning for Future Grant

The BC Provincial Tuition Waiver program waives tuition and eligible fees for full-time and part-time post-secondary students who are studying at the undergraduate level and who are current or former youth in care.

The Learning for Future Grant provides an annual grant of $3,500 per program year to assist with additional education related costs that are not covered by the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program (e.g. textbooks, computers, supplies, etc.). All students approved for the Provincial Waiver Program can be eligible for funding.

For more information, please visit the BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program website. 

Frequently Asked Questions: BC Provincial Tuition Waiver FAQ

How do you apply?

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Step 3:

  • Once the application is verified for eligibility, you will receive an email updating you with your eligibility status.
  • If approved, your approval letter will be forwarded to the Tuition Office to set up direct billing to the province to cover the cost of your tuition and fees for the duration of your program.
  • Students may claim reimbursement for tuition and eligible fees paid at any time during the term of which they receive approval.

UVic Youth in Care Tuition Award

The UVic Youth in Care Tuition Award covers the actual cost of tuition and fees for the terms required for the completion of a first undergraduate degree. Eligible applicants may also receive funding to assist with the costs of books, supplies and living expenses.

*If you are eligible for the Provincial Tuition Waiver and the UVic Tuition Award, the Provincial Tuition Waiver will cover your tuition and student fees and UVic Tuition award will go towards book costs and possibly other supplies and living expenses.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible to receive funding, you must:

  • Have received care as defined here in the Province of British Columbia through the Child, Family and Community Service Act for a minimum of 12 months (consecutive or accumulated) in any, or a combination of, the categories as outlined in the consent form.
  • Have received any of the care statuses outlined in the consent form at the time they turn 19 regardless of their time in care.
  • Be admitted to the University of Victoria for the upcoming term of study and are
    registered in their first undergraduate degree program.
  • Be registered in and maintain enrolment in full-time studies, 60% of a full-time course load per term (4.5 units per term, 3.0 units per term for students with a permanent disability)
  • Have a sessional grade point average of at least 2.0 in the previous two terms
  • Demonstrate financial need.

How do you apply?

Step 1:

Step 2:

  • Email completed applications as PDF attachments to awards@uvic.ca
  • If approved, an email will be sent to the student and the SAFA Financial Aid Officer

Step 3:

  • If you are approved and registered for courses, you will be emailed at the beginning of each term with a reminder to submit an electronic budget form.
  • If you are on the Provincial Tuition Waiver, funding awarded through the UVic Tuition Award will be issued as either direct deposit or a cheque to be mailed to your preferred address on file.
  • We encourage all students to setup direct deposit through UVic online tools here: https://banner.uvic.ca/BannerGeneralSsb/ssb/directDeposit#/directDepositListing

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Student Awards and Financial Aid at awards@uvic.ca. UVic is committed to assisting former youth in care feel informed and supported on their educational path.

Under the age of 19? Please contact Student Awards and Financial Aid at awards@uvic.ca as it’s never too early to start planning for your education at UVic.

Important Notes:

  • Continuing Studies Courses are excluded from UVic Youth in Care Tuition Award funding.
  • Approval can take from 1-4 weeks depending on how high wait times are.
  • Approvals do not disappear if a student decides to take a break in studies.
  • Students are encouraged reach out to speak to a Financial Aid Officer if they are experiencing any unexpected circumstances during their studies.

Donor Funded Former Youth in Care Bursaries

*Students who have been approved for the UVic Tuition Award will be automatically considered for the bursaries listed below.

  • Sisters of St Ann University Support Award
  • Mischa Weisz Foundation Cost of Living Award*
  • Youth in Care Living Expenses Award
  • Youth Futures Education Fund

Resources

The following is a list of resources and information links that may help you with your post-secondary journey.

Definition of Youth in Care

As defined by the Child, Family and Community Service Act, a youth in care is someone who is currently, or has received care from the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency (DAA) through the Child, Family and Community Service Act for a minimum of twelve months (consecutive or accumulated) in any, or a combination, of the following categories:

Continuing Custody Order pursuant to sections 41 (1) (d), 42.2 (4) (d) or (7) or 49 (4), (5) or 10 (a) of the Act

  • A protection order in which the court has assigned permanent custody of the child to the Director of Child Welfare (the Director).

Temporary Custody Order

  • A protection order in which the court has assigned custody of the child to the Director on a temporary basis.

Special Needs Agreement pursuant to section 7 of the Act

  • A parent of a child with special needs may voluntarily and temporarily agree to place the child in the care of the Director.

Voluntary Care Agreement pursuant to section 6 of the Act

  • A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of the Director

Youth Agreement pursuant to section 12.2 of the Act

  • The Director enters into an agreement with a youth (ages 16 – 19) who needs assistance to live independently and cannot be re-established with family.

Extended Family Plan pursuant to section 8 of the Act

  • A parent voluntarily and temporarily places the child in the care of an adult who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.

Permanent Transfer of CustodyOrder pursuant to section 54.01 or 54.1 of the Act

  • An order in which the court permanently transfers custody to another (non-parent) family member or another adult with an established relational or cultural connection to the child.

Temporary Transfer of Custody pursuant to section 41(1)(b) of the Act

  • A protection order in which the court temporarily places the child in the custody of an adult, other than a parent, who has an established familial, relational, or cultural connection to the child.

UVic Resources for Students

BC Resources for Youth in Care

Canadian Resources for Youth in Care