Selkirk College aims to support students who have overcome early lifetime challenges to achieve their goals. Current and former youth in care who have aged out of the foster care system and are entering into post-secondary education may be eligible for tuition waiver, other financial supports, along with individualized and peer support at Selkirk College.
Selkirk College’s Current and Former Youth in Care Financial Assistance Program, is an initiative aimed at making post-secondary education more accessible for youth in care.
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Flexible and Meaningful Support at Selkirk College
Selkirk College offers flexible and meaningful support to encourage success for youth in care students. It is recognized that youth in care come to post-secondary education with considerably more barriers than students with intact and close family ties. In the absence of family, youth in care are often scrambling to find the basics such as dishes, bedding, or a computer to complete their course work.
Through the Healthy Campus Initiative, a considered and holistic approach ensures individual needs are assessed and specific referrals made. A student peer mentor may also be assigned to assist with orientation to campus life.
Under the Youth in Care program, we also welcome current secondary students and their community support workers and/or foster parents to join us on campus through the Student for a Day program, Career Fair, Open House or specially arranged campus tour.
Contact the please contact Campus Life Coordinator Claire Hewson for more information.
Resources for Former Youth in Care
Youth Education Assistance Fund for Former Youth in Care (YEAF): The YEAF program provides grants of up to $5,500 per program year to former B.C. youth in care students between 19 and 24 years of age. Students may receive a maximum of four grants. Both the student and Financial Aid complete the YEAF application which is then submitted to StudentAid BC. Allow 4 - 6 weeks for processing.
Tuition Waiver Program for Former Youth in Care: The Tuition Waiver program waives tuition and mandatory fees for B.C. post-secondary students who are former youth in care between the ages of 19 and up to their 27th birthday. The program applies to full-time and part-time certificates, diplomas and undergraduate degrees.
Youth Futures Education Fund: The Youth Futures Education Fund has been established to provide a grant to recipients of the Former Youth in Care Provincial Tuition Waiver, to assist with supplemental educational funding for expenses such as books, housing, utilities, or emergency situations.