If you’re living – or have lived – as a youth in care in BC, you could qualify for financial support to cover some of the costs of your education at Capilano University.
BC Provincial Tuition Waiver Program
The BC government created the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program to improve access to education for former youth in care.
If you are between 19 to 26 years of age (inclusive) and were in care for a combined total of two years or more, you may qualify.
View the eligibity requirements on the BC Ministry of Education website to see if you qualify for funding.
If you qualify:
- Apply for admission to Capilano University.
- Download and complete the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program Application Form (pdf). This application form allows us to validate your eligibility for funding with the Ministry of Children & Family Development (MCFD).
- Submit the application form to CapU’s Cashier’s Office. Although the application form instructs you to submit your form to the Financial Aid Officer, please submit your form to CapU's Cashier Office.
- We’ll let you know when you’ve been approved.
If you’re approved for funding
When you’re admitted to CapU, tuition charges will be applied to your account. However, if you've been approved for funding the tuition charges will not be collected (because of the waiver).
Once you're approved for funding, you don't need to apply again while attending CapU for courses taken at this university.
Already paid your fees? You can still apply
If you’ve already paid your fees and submit the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program - Consent Form before your last class or exam for the term, your tuition fees will be refunded if you're approved for funding. Talk to the Cashier’s Office (see below) if you have any questions about this.
Here’s what else you might need to know
The program covers all tuition and mandatory fees you would ordinarily be charged.
This includes the application fee. You can request an application fee waiver before you apply by contacting the Registrar’s Office at 604 984 4900.
If you’ve already paid the application fee, it will be refunded automatically when your eligibility has been confirmed by MCFD.
You can use this funding to take credit and non-credit courses leading to a certificate, diploma, credential, or undergraduate degree.
You can be taking classes part time or full time, as long as you stay enroled past the drop date for the term.
You can also use this fund to pay for courses you take during unclassified qualifying years like Arts-general and Sciences-general, and for Continuing Studies and Executive Education courses that relate to the labour market.
The funding can’t be used for graduate or post-graduate courses or programs.
The Provincial Tuition Waiver Program is available to students between 19 and 26 years old.
But if you're under 19, you should talk to your social worker or any Ministry of Children and Family Development office or delegated agency to review your funding options. You may also submit a request to the System Navigator (email@example.com) for consideration. The System Navigator is a liaison, connecting government, institutions, and students around these tuition waivers.
And if you're between 26 and 27, you can ask the government to consider an exception. Students 27 or older at the time of signing the consent form are not eligible for the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program. Talk to a Financial Aid Advisor for assistance.
Other resources for youth aged out of care
Financial aid & awards
Our advisors can help you review your specific circumstance to determine the options available.
Contact an advisor through Financial Aid & Awards.
Peer leaders for students with lived experience in care
CapU is creating a pilot program for students who have experience in the care system. There are no age restrictions, no criteria for time spent in care, and no limitations to place of care. If you would like to learn more about this programming, please fill out the information card (pdf) and return it to Financial Aid and Awards or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Youth Future's Education Fund
This program, held at the Vancouver Foundation, supports students who are receiving funding under the BC Provincial Tuition Waiver program and are in need of additional financial support to meet their needs.
Contact Financial Aid & Awards for more information.
Youth Educational Assistance Fund (YEAF)
This program provides grants of up to $5,500 per program year to former BC youth in care students between 19 and 24 years of age.
Visit the Youth Educational Assistance Fund page on the StudentAid BC website for details.
Agreements with Young Adults (AYA)
This program helps cover the cost of expenses such as housing, child care, tuition and health care while you go back to school, or attend a rehabilitation, vocational or approved life skills program.
Learn more on the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) page on the Aged Out website.
Aged Out - a website just for you
This website was created by and for youth in – and from – government care in BC. You'll find tools and information on education, health and wellness, housing, finances, personal life and more.
Aged Out - empowering youth in and from government care in BC.
Advancing Futures Bursary – for Alberta youth who have been in care
Funding and supports are available for youth who have been in care in Alberta to pursue post-secondary studies and prepare for adulthood. Advancing Futures can cover funding for:
- education costs
- living allowance
- transportation funds
- full parent portion of subsidized child care
- health benefit plan
- damage deposit for an apartment
Visit the Government of Alberta's Advancing Futures Bursary page for more information.