Funding for former youth in care

If you are a UBC student who was formerly in care, you are encouraged to apply for two tuition waivers: the BC Provincial Tuition Waver and the UBC Post Care Tuition Waiver. The criteria for each waiver are different, but there is some overlap. If you meet the eligibility requirements for both waivers, you will receive the BC Provincial Tuition Waiver.

BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program

The BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program covers the cost of your tuition fees for post-secondary studies if you were a youth in care in BC for a combined two years or more. You must be between 19 and 26 years old. Find out more on the BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program website.

How do you apply?

Submit your signed consent form to UBC’s Enrolment Services after you have applied for admission to UBC.

BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Request Form
367 KB PDF
Download and complete this form.

UBC Post Care Tuition Waiver

The UBC Post Care Tuition Waiver covers the cost of tuition fees for eligible students who have lived as youth in care in BC. To be eligible, you must have started post-secondary education (at UBC or another institution) within five years of being in care and you must enrol in your first undergraduate degree at UBC within an additional five years.

Are you eligible?

You are eligible for the UBC Post Care Tuition Waiver if you are currently, or have been, one of the following:

  • In the continuing custody of a director under the Child, Family and Community Service Act or a delegated Aboriginal agency for at least one year between the ages of 12 and 19.
  • Under the guardianship of a director under the Family Law Act for at least one year between the ages of 12 and 19.
  • Under a Youth Agreement on your nineteenth birthday.
  • In the temporary care of a director under the Child, Family and Community Service Act or a delegated Aboriginal agency for at least three years between the ages of 12 and 19.

How do you apply?

Submit your signed application and consent form to UBC’s Enrolment Services after you have applied for admission to UBC.

UBC Post Care Tuition Waiver Application Form
347 KB PDF
Download and complete this form.

Youth Education Assistance Fund

The Youth Education Assistance Fund provides grants to students between the ages of 19 and 24 years who have been in care in BC. You may be eligible for a grant of up to $5,500 per year per program.

Find out more on the StudentAid BC website.

Submitting forms to Enrolment Services

Here’s where to find and how to reach Enrolment Services on your UBC campus.

Okanagan campus

University Centre | 3333 University Way
250.807.9100 | Toll-free (Canada and US) 1.866.596.0767
awards.inquiry.ubco@ubc.ca

Vancouver campus

Brock Hall | 1874 East Mall
604.822.9836 | Toll-free (Canada and US) 1.877.272.1422
financial.support@askme.ubc.ca

Questions?

If you have questions about applying to UBC as a former youth in care, please contact us.

Celia Reimer
Admissions Advisor
celia.reimer@ubc.ca
604.822.2558

Halyna Petryshyn
Admissions and Awards Administrator, Okanagan Campus
halyna.petryshyn@ubc.ca
250.807.8641

Linda Hallam
Enrolment Services Advisor, Vancouver Campus
linda.hallam@ubc.ca
604.827.0110

Hala Nugent
Enrolment Services Advisor, Vancouver Campus
hala.nugent@ubc.ca
604.827.0137