Children who grew up in government care are getting some extra help to succeed in post-secondary school.
Beginning this fall, Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) will begin extending financial aid and other supports to former youth in care.
KPU is one of 11 schools around the province offering the extra assistance.
“Many of these youth have overcome some extraordinary circumstances throughout their lives and this program will help them achieve the bright and successful future they deserve,” said Stephanie Cadieux, Minister of Children and Family Development.
The KPU pilot program will cover tuition and student fees for up to five applicants who have been accepted to KPU. Additional funding from the Irving K. Barber Endowment for Educational Opportunities will assist with other educational expenses, including textbooks.
“As with similar programs at other B.C. post-secondary institutions, support for former youth in care helps to level the playing field for this particular group of young people as they transition to their adult lives,” said Patrick Donahoe, dean of ACA. ”KPU strives to make education accessible to all learners. This program is another step in that direction, and one we’re proud to take.”
Students accepted to KPU’s Support Program for Former Youth-in-Care will be matched to a academic advisor for academic planning, regular student check-ins and referrals to other KPU services and programming. Students will also receive priority access to the dean’s office within the Faculty of ACA.
Though currently a one-year pilot, there are plans to continue and potentially expand the program. Learn more about the program at kpu.ca/fyic.