Education is a game changer

Combined with a range of Camosun supports for students the tuition waiver program is opening doors for former youth in care who want to continue their education journey.

Supports available to students include counselling, academic advising, academic help centres, fitness facilities, student employment, and many more.

Their stories

Since the provincial government program launched in 2017, over 231 students at Camosun have accessed the tuition waiver program.

Here are some of their stories.

A young man with classes sitting outside a school building.

Support when you need it

“Be kind to yourself when things get stressful. And remember to take advantage of supports like counselling or academic advising.”
- Cailean, current student, Bachelor of Science in Nursing

A young women sits on a the steps of the learning commons.

We've got your back

Gauge credits the staff in the college’s Financial Aid department for helping to navigate the various supports available. The tuition waiver program has covered the cost of tuition and fees at UVic and Camosun, while the Youth Futures Education Fund has assisted with additional expenses.
Gauge, current student, post-degree diploma in Interprofessional Mental Health and Addictions

A young woman who looks like an artist.

Learning can be accessible

Support through the Centre for Accessible Learning has made the pressure of post-secondary learning a lot more manageable through academic accommodations during exams.
Emily-Jayne, current student, General Arts Diploma

A young woman with long red hair standing in the sunshine outside of the student centre.

Choose your own path

"It takes a huge weight off your shoulders to know that there is some source of income regardless of your place of employment.”
- Destiny G., Camosun graduate, Criminal Justice Diploma

Natsamaht indigenous gathering place

Funding for Former Youth in Care

The Government provides funding to help former youth in care in B.C. pay for post-secondary education.

Funding for Former Youth in Care