- In addition to the Tuition Waiver Program, Vancouver Island University has a number of bursaries and scholarships available for Tuition Waiver Program students to support them with the financial costs of tuition, books, and supplies for post-secondary academic, technical or vocational training or academic upgrading. For more information contact VIU Financial Aid & Awards at financialaidInfo@viu.ca.
- In the Vancouver Island region there are nearly 900 youth in care under a continuing custody order.
- VIU was the first university in BC to offer tuition waivers to qualifying youth in care.
- Studies have shown that “even with some tuition money available to youth in care, they are 50 per cent more likely to attend post-secondary education.”
Programs such as the Tuition Waiver are a critical piece in ensuring more youth in care can go on to access post-secondary education and the myriad of opportunities it affords, including better employment options and increased self-sufficiency.
More youth in care will benefit from extended supports, including life skills programs that focus on financial planning, healthy living and employability, thanks to changes to the Agreements with Young Adults (AYA) program.
Life has come full circle for Jordanna Southall, who graduated in June from Vancouver Island University’s (VIU) Bachelor of Arts in Social Work program. One of the first students to enroll at VIU under the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver program nearly two years ago, Southall has secured a job as a child protection officer with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in Campbell River, BC.