Funding for Former Youth In Care

In September 2017, the BC Government announced a Provincial Tuition Waiver program for former youth in care.  The aim of the Program is to improve access, services and educational outcomes for former youth in care by waiving tuition fees starting in September 2017.

Program eligibility and guidelines are:

  • B.C. students 19-26 years old (inclusive).
  • Attending a B.C. public post-secondary institution.
  • Formerly in any B.C. MCFD category of care (except interim care) for at least 24 months (consecutive or accumulated).
  • Individuals outside the eligibility criteria will be considered on a case by case basis. You can submit a request to the System Navigator (tuitionwaiver@gov.bc.ca) for consideration.

Tuition fees are defined as all tuition and mandatory fees charged to the student by the institution that are required to be paid in order for the student to successfully complete the program/courses they are enrolled in.  At NLC these are fees are:

  • Tuition
  • Library Fee
  • Facilities Fee
  • Technology Fee
  • NLC Student Association Fees
  • Instruction Related Fees
  • Application Fee
  • Prior Learning Assessment Fees
  • Transfer Credit Assessment Fees

Requesting a Tuition Waiver

Eligible students can request access to the Tuition Waiver Program by:

  1. Meet with an NLC Financial Aid Officer.  Contact your nearest campus services office to set up an appointment.
  2. At the meeting, you will be asked to sign a consent form, allowing NLC disclose that you are an applicant for the Waiver Program, and allowing the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) to release your eligibility to NLC.
  3. MCFD will advise NLC of your eligibility for the Tuition Waiver Program.
  4. If you are approved, NLC will:
    1. Waive tuition, student fees (Library fee, Facilities fee, Technology fee, and NLCSA fees), and Instruction-Related fees, for any course/program started on September 1, 2017 or later.
    2. Refund any amounts already paid for any course/program started on September 1, 2017 or later.
    3. Authorize a Request for Deposit Waivers to remove the requirement to pay a deposit for any course/program started after September 1, 2017.

Need more information?

Student Financial Aid and Awards

Paying for your education and for the things you need while studying can be a challenge. The Student Financial Aid & Awards site brings together all of the information you need about funding sources. If you’re in trouble, NLC has emergency student funding to help you out.