UBC joins VIU in offering tuition waiver to former kids in care

Last week, I reported that nearly 70 per cent of British Columbians would like to see government financial support for kids in foster care extended to at least age 21, according to a survey by the Vancouver Foundation.

Financial support ends when a foster child turns 19, but they often don’t have family supports or access to other basic needs like housing or employment, said Kevin McCort, president and CEO of the Vancouver Foundation. He said that as a result, they are more likely to drop out of school, have kids too early, become homeless or get in trouble with the law.

In follow up to that article, a few interesting news items have come up. First of all, the University of British Columbia has joined the Vancouver Island University in offering free tuition to students who have been wards of the province.

Read more here. 

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