FBCYICN – Federation of BC Youth in Care Networks

Education FAQ

1. I am under 19 years old and want to go to post-secondary school what funding options are available?

The funding options available largely depend on your care status (see glossary for more information). If you are a CCO you can appeal the Youth Education Assistance Fund apply for the Ken Dryden Scholarship, and of course apply for our Dream Fund. If you are a TCO you can apply for the Ken Dryden Scholarship and our Dream Fund. If you are on a Youth Agreement you can apply for our Dream Fund and the Ken Dryden Scholarship

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS! In the Section 70 rights for youth in care it states that children in care have the right to be fed, clothed and nurtured according to community standards and to be given the same quality of care as other children in the placement. Arguably, encouragement and support to pursue post-secondary education nurtures your development. According to Stats Canada, 58% of the Canadian population will attend post-secondary school, 48% of the British Columbia population will receive some college, trade or university education and Canada has the best post-secondary attainment rate of any G-7 country. Therefore, it is an international, national and provincial community standard that young people go to post-secondary school. This doesn’t guarantee you funding, but you can file a formal complaint (provide link here when clicking on formal complaint).

2. I am over 24 years old and want to go to post-secondary school what funding options are available?

Similar to the question above, funding available to you is largely dependent on your care status. If you were a CCO (or permanent ward) you can appeal the Youth Education Assistance Fund, apply for the Ken Dryden Scholarship (until 30 years old), the Dream Fund (until 25 years old) and the Public Guardian and Trustee (no upper age limit). If you were a TCO you can apply to the Ken Dryden Scholarship (until 30 years old) and the Dream Fund (until 25 years old). If you were on a Youth Agreement you can apply for the Dream Fund (until 25 years old).

3. I want to go to school outside of the province where can I get funding?

If you are over 19 and under 24 years old and were a CCO or on a YA you can apply for the Agreements for Young Adults program (AYA). This program is designed to help young people from care with education costs like tuition, room and board and medical expenses. If you plan to attend school outside of the province AYA will cover all the costs within the program budget except medical expenses.

If you were a CCO you can apply for Youth Education Assistance Fund which provides you with up to $5,500 per academic year towards post-secondary school and the Public Guardian and Trustee which provides you with up to $3,300 per academic year towards post-secondary school.

If you were a TCO, CCO or YA you can apply to our Dream Fund and the Ken Dryden Scholarship.

4. How do I apply for a student loan?

Answer: The easiest way to apply for a student loan in BC is through the internet.

Here are the following steps:

  1. First go to http://www.aved.gov.bc.ca/studentaidbc/
  2. On the left side of the screen you’ll see a yellow button that reads apply for a student loan online , click on it.
  3. Then again on the next page on the left you’ll see another yellow button , click on that.
  4. Click on Applicant
  5. Click on Log in
  6. If you don’t have a log in, click on create an account and follow the steps.
  7. Once you have a log in, sign in and click create new application
  8. The next step is to fill the application. Some important information is to know what school you are enrolled in, how long each semester is, how much your expenses are each month, how much money you receive from work, bursaries, band etc
  9. Once you are done filling out your application, submit it, print off your declaration and mail it in

10. You’re done!

5. If I want to get drivers lessons, Food Safe or Superhost is there any funding available?

If you are still in care ask your social worker about funding for any program or course that you think will make you more employable. However, if there is no funding available you can apply for our Reach for Success bursary which awards young people 14-24 years old with up to $500 per year for professional development training, such as driving school, Food Safe, Superhost or tickets specific to an industry (forklift, painting etc).

In the past successful applicants have used the funds for:

  • conference fees
  • Young Drivers
  • Art classes
  • Music classes

6. If I was a youth in care from outside the province of BC what are the post-secondary funding options available?

Please refer to our Provincial Education page on our website or visit the following websites;

Alberta: http://www.albertayouthincare.ca/index.php?page=bursary

Saskatchewan: http://syiccn.com/index.php

Manitoba: http://www.voices.mb.ca/

Ontario: http://www.oacas.org/childwelfare/awards.htm

National: http://youthincare.ca/

7. How do I know which bursaries I am eligible for?

We have developed 2 resources to help you understand your post-secondary school funding options:

  • Our brochure is lists all the bursaries available to youth in and from care in BC. To order this free brochure please contact info@fbcyicn.ca
  • Our Bursary Chart is a visual aid to explain bursary and scholarship eligibility based on age and care status

If your need more information about bursaries and scholarships or have questions that are not answered here please contact us at:

phone: 604.527.7762
toll-free: 1.800.565.8055
e-mail: info@fbcyicn.ca

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