Youth in care

UVic is dedicated to supporting the success of BC youth in care students.

Before, during and after your time at UVic, we would like to connect you with educational, financial and cultural resources on campus, around BC and Canada.

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

UVic youth in care awards and government tuition waivers

Government tuition waiver

Tuition for BC former youth in care will be waived for students who are between 19-26 years of age (inclusive) attending a BC public post-secondary in credit or non-credit courses leading to a certificate, diploma, credential or undergraduate degree in a full or part time course load.

Students should note as part of their communication with UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid if they are paying fees to UVic Tuition and Fees or Continuing Studies.

Uvic awards

For BC former youth in care students who are intending to register in their first undergraduate degree program and maintain at least 60% of a full course load in each term of study (40% for students with a permanent disability).

UVic Youth in Care Awards and Tuition Waivers

A limited number of awards are given to students in their first undergraduate degree program.

To be eligible for this award, students must demonstrate financial need and be a resident of British Columbia, who is living or has lived as a youth in care in British Columbia under one of the following conditions as defined by the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA):

  • A 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 for a minimum of one year
  • An Agreement with Youth pursuant to section 12.2 of the Act
  • Transfer of Custody Order pursuant to section 54.1 of the Act

The award covers up to eight terms of funding or the terms required for completion of a first degree, whichever comes first, to cover actual tuition costs (excluding mandatory fees).

Students who transfer to UVic from a university or college to complete their first undergraduate degree and meet all eligibility criteria will be considered for the award.

Applicants must submit the application form, including the Release of Information consent form required to confirm eligibility, to Student Awards and Financial Aid by the application deadline of May 1.

Regardless of the deadline, please contact Student Awards and Financial Aid at any time if you have interest in this award.

Mischa Weisz Foundation Youth in Care Cost of Living Award*

One or more awards are given to recipients of the Youth in Care Tuition Award (above) to offset living expenses, such as computers, books, housing, etc. No application required.

Youth in Care Living Expenses Award

One or more awards are given to recipients of the Youth in Care Tuition Award (above) to offset living expenses, such as computers, books, housing, etc. No application required.

Youth Futures Education Award

One or more awards are given to recipients of the University of Victoria Youth in Care Tuition Award (above) to offset living expenses, such as computers, books, housing, etc. No application required.

UVic resources for students

BC resources for youth in care

BC government resources

Canadian resources for youth in care

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact:

Debra McIldoon
UVic Student Awards and Financial Aid
Email: debram@uvic.ca
Phone: (250) 721-8426
University of Victoria, University Centre, 2nd Floor, Room A202 Campus Map
http://www.uvic.ca/registrar/safa/