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All former youth in care now eligible for education tuition waivers: minister

  • British Columbia has expanded its tuition waiver program for former youth in government care enrolling in post-secondary education, with the budget of $19.2 million over the next three years. This program now includes all eligible students, regardless of their age.
  • Following a report by B.C.'s Ombudsperson Jay Chalke, the government was called upon to compensate a woman who was denied post-secondary funding after leaving government care. However, the ministry did not offer compensation.
  • The tuition waiver program has been successful so far, with approximately 2,300 students accessing it since its implementation in 2017. This resulted in the waiving of $16.6 million in tuition fees, providing free education at various institutions.
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