BCIT Tuition Waiver

BCIT joins growing movement to waive tuition for foster kids
The British Columbia Institute of Technology will be waiving tuition each year for up to five students who grew up in government care.
BCIT said the program starts this September and covers the cost of tuition, student fees, medical and dental and lab and material costs. The waiver applies towards a student’s first BCIT certificate or diploma in one of the top 10 skilled trades programs, including boilermaker, welder, carpenter and others.
“By providing access to hands-on post-secondary opportunities, we are enabling more career pathways and brighter futures for young people across the province,” said BCIT president Kathy Kinloch.”
In 2013, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C.’s representative for Children and Youth, challenged all universities and colleges in B.C. to waive tuition for children who grew up in government care. The Vancouver Sun reported on the challenges faced by former youth in care in a series, From Care to Where, earlier this year. Kids in care are cut off from government support at their 19th birthday, which makes it difficult to graduate from high school, let alone pursue post-secondary education, many former youth in care told The Sun in the series.
BCIT joins the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island University and the University of British Columbia in offering some sort of assistance to former youth in care.

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