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
Students who enter Selkirk College through this funding program are eligible for up to $2,500 in funding support. 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.
“Selkirk College is pleased to be able to offer flexible and meaningful support to encourage success,” says Leslie Comrie, Selkirk College’s Healthy Campus Advisor. “We recognize 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.”
Contact the please contact Campus Life Coordinator Claire Hewson for more information.
Download the Provincial Tuition Waver Program application for Current and Former Youth in Care applicants.
Deadlines for applications are August 15 (fall and/or winter semester) and October 31 (spring and/or summer semester). Funding amounts are based on demonstrated need.