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Youth Aged out of Care Funding

Youth in Care Tuition Waiver Program

Vancouver Island University (VIU) offers the Youth in Care Tuition Waiver Program to eligible students who have grown up in the care system in British Columbia.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for this Program, students must be a resident of British Columbia, who is living or has lived as a youth in care in British Columbia for 12 months or more under one of the following conditions as defined by the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA):

  • a Continuing Custody Order pursuant to sections 41 (1) (d), 42.2 (4) (d) or (7) or 49 (4), (5) or 10 (a) of the Act for a minimum of one year
  • an Agreement with Youth pursuant to section 12.2 of the Act
  • a Transfer of Custody Order pursuant to section 54.1 of the Act

If students are not aware whether they meet any of the above criteria, they should contact their former social worker or any Ministry of Children and Family Development office or any delegated Aboriginal agency for help.

VIU Tuition Waiver application Deadlines are October 31 and March 31

Students must complete and sign the "Release of Information" consent form, and submit with their completed application.

Application deadlines are implemented to allow time for course enrollment.
Direct late application enquiries to and indicate "Tuition Waiver Program Application" in the subject line.

Youth in Care Tuition Waiver Program - Questions & Answers

For more information email

Youth Education Bursary

The Youth Education Bursary assists young people that are, or have been in care, pursue a career in social, health or education services. Bursaries support students with the financial costs of tuition, books, and supplies for post-secondary academic, technical or vocational training or academic upgrading.

Further information and applications may be obtained from the Federation of Community Social Services of BC website.

Youth Education Assistance Fund (YEAF)

The Youth Education Assistance Fund (YEAF) makes a difference in the lives of young adults who have spent time in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a delegated Aboriginal agency. YEAF provides grants to 19 to 26 year olds attending university, college, a university-college, an institute or designated private school. The YEAF grant amount is currently up to $5,500.
Further information and applications may be obtained from the Ministry of Children & Family Development website.

External Financial Assistance Directory

‘External Financial Assistance’ refers to the scholarships, awards and bursaries that are available to all students through agencies unaffiliated with Vancouver Island University. This financial aid is provided and administered through external government, corporate, or community organizations. Due to this fact, information we have posted regarding external awards is subject to change. Please contact award provider for up-to-date guidelines prior to application submission, and check the deadline carefully.

To view External Award Information, click on the links below:

If you find a broken link, please email so it can be updated.

The External Financial Assistance directory is designed to assist the financial burden associated with postsecondary education. This resource contains over $21.2 million in funding which has been compiled to minimize student debt.

Many students say, “I can't apply because my grades aren’t good enough”. In reality, not all scholarships hinder on grades. When applying for scholarships be aware of key documentation required and outlined in criteria section of each award. Always read the criteria carefully to see exactly what is required to be submitted with your application.

External Awards Include

This program was started in 2009 by Retired General Rick Hillier and Honorary Lt. Colonel Kevin Reed, and is a unique program that provides an undergraduate scholarships to children of fallen soldiers. Commencing in September 2009, many of Canada's finest colleges and universities are offering tuition and in some cases, support with room and board in the first year, to children of Canadian Forces personnel who have lost their lives while serving in an active mission.
To be eligible, the applicant must be:

  • A dependent of a Canadian Forces personnel, (deceased while serving)
  • Under the age of twenty-six
  • Registered in full-time undergraduate student loan eligible program
  • Maintain satisfactory academic standing during full time studies
  • Eligibility for scholarship of Canadian Forces personnel deceased while serving in an active mission will be determined by Canadian Forces criteria.
  • There is no deadline for this application.

Submit Project Hero Application to the VIU Financial Aid & Awards Office, located in Building 200, Room 205.

Irving K. Barber Transfer Scholarships

  • Up to 160 scholarships of $5,000 each are available to students who have completed at least one year of full-time study and must transfer to another public post-secondary institution in BC to complete their degree.
  • To learn more on GPA and residency criteria visit

Irving K. Barber BC Aboriginal Student Awards

  • Awards of $1,000 to $5,000 are available to BC residents of Aboriginal ancestry, who have been active in their school or community, and are planning to study in either a certificate, diploma, degree, or approved trades / apprenticeship programs.
  • To learn more on GPA and residency criteria visit

Irving K. Barber Aboriginal Teacher Education Awards

  • Awards of $5,000 available to Aboriginal students registered in a teacher education program at a BC University, which leads to certification by the BC Teachers’ Council. Includes programs leading to a Developmental Standard Term Certificate in First Nations Language and Culture.
  • To learn more on GPA and residency criteria visit

To learn more on Irving K. Barber awards including One World, Pacific Horizons or Premiers International Scholarships visit

W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Scholarships
Two classes of Mackenzie King Scholarship available to graduates of Canadian universities.

W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Open Scholarship

  • Available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in any discipline, in Canada or elsewhere. One Open Scholarship is awarded each year. The value has recently been about $10,000 but it is subject to change.

W.L. Mackenzie King Memorial Travelling Scholarship

  • Available to graduates of Canadian universities who pursue graduate study in the United States or the United Kingdom in the areas of international relations or industrial relations. Recently four scholarships of $11,000 each have been awarded annually, but the number and the amount are subject to change.

To learn more on W.L. Mackenzie King criteria guidelines visit

Additional External Scholarship & Award Links
Check out these popular award links for organizations in Canada.