Children In Care in B.C. To Receive Free Post Secondary Education
Prince George, B.C.- Premier John Horgan has announced B.C. is waiving tuition fees for B.C.’s children in care.Premier Horgan says reducing the barriers “Is the least the Government can do.” He says once an individual has hope, and has people ” who have their back, they can achieve anything.”
The Premier says the program will provide a better future for former youth in care.
All 25 public post secondary institutions will have programs in place with the aid of the Ministry of Advanced education and the Ministry of Children and Families.
This program – previously only available at 11 public post-secondary institutions – provides tuition waivers to former kids in care, who are less likely to have access to post-secondary education or training than young people who grew up with family supports.
“We’re in a position to make life better for young people who grew up without family stability,” said Premier Horgan. “By bringing down barriers to opportunity, and making advanced education more accessible, we can clear the path to success for these young people.”
Students accessing the program must be:
* from British Columbia;
* aged between 19 to 26 years; and
* have been in care for a minimum of 24 months.
“Education can mean the difference between a life in poverty or a life of prosperity. It’s an important equalizer because when we lift people up, all our communities benefit,” said Melanie Mark, Advanced Education, Skills and Training Minister. “Giving former youth in care the opportunity to access post-secondary education and skills training along with the tools needed to complete their studies will empower them to thrive.”