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Free post-secondary tuition for children in care announced

Free post-secondary tuition for children in care announced

As we head in to the school year, the NDP government is taking education very seriously and is continuing to open access to education for those who may not have the opportunity.

Today at the Vancouver Island University, John Horgan and Advanced Education Minister Melanie Mark tearfully announced tuition fees for children under the care of the province will be waved.

Joined by student advocates, university officials and government officials, Horgan and Mark both reaffirmed this is an opportunity for many people who don’t believe they have a chance in life.

This comes on the heels of announcing the waiving of tuition fees for basic adult education and English language learning programs last month. The details on the funding for these programs will be enrolled in the new budget.

The provincial government has also ambitions for interest-free student loans, although details about that initiative has not yet been announced.

“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.

For more details please see: https://news.gov.bc.ca/factsheets/supports-for-youth-formerly-in-government-care

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