Youth in Care

Youth in Care Tuition Assistance Program

Amount Awarded: Up to the equivalent of tuition and mandatory fees

Description:

If you are currently living as a youth in care or have lived as a youth in care (as defined below) in BC for at least 1 year, you may be eligible to receive an award up to the equivalent of tuition and mandatory fees towards the completion of your first undergraduate degree.  If eligible, awards may be renewable for up to a maximum of 10 terms or the completion of your first undergraduate degree, whichever comes first.

A maximum 5 awards are available each academic year to students entering Simon Fraser University.

Definition of Youth in Care:

  • In the continuing custody of the director, under the Child, Family and Community Service Act of a delegated Aboriginal agency
  • In the permanent custody of the Superintendent of Family and Child Service (under former Family Child Service Act) or
  • Under the guardianship of a director as referred to in the Family Law Act or
  • under a Youth Agreement at your 19th birthday or
  • Were in the temporary care of the director under the Child, Family and Community Service Act, or a delegated Aboriginal agency, for a minimum period of 3 years between the ages of 12 and 19

Application:

Complete the application form and consent form and submit them to SFU Financial Aid and Awards in person or by mail. 

Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for the Youth in Care Tuition Assistance Program, you must:

  • be currently living in care, or have lived as a youth in care (as defined above) in BC for at least 1 year
  • be a resident of BC
  • be newly admitted to SFU
  • must have started your post-secondary education within 5 years of being in care
  • must start classes at SFU within 5 years of initiating your post-secondary education
  • must be enrolled full-time (i.e., in 9 or more units for the term)

In addition to the above, if you are selected for this program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • In collaboration with SFU Financial Aid and Awards, establish a financial plan to address your other costs related to post-secondary education, such as books and living expenses
  • meet with an SFU Academic Advisor to review your educational goals and preparedness, and course selection

Renewal Criteria:

To maintain your award, you must:

  • be enrolled full-time (i.e., in 9 or more units)
  • have a CGPA of 2.00 and be in good academic standing
  • meet with an SFU Academic Advisor to review your course selection each term
  • meet with SFU Financial Aid and Awards to review your financial plan each term
  • maintain continued contact with the University and authority officials satisfactory to facilitate the administration of the program