Former foster kids in B.C. to get access to money for non-tuition expenses

According to an article in the Vancouver Sun, former foster children in B.C. will soon have access to a $200,000 fund that will help pay for non-tuition expenses if they cannot afford to attend post-secondary institutions.

The project is being launched by Coast Capital Savings and will cover costs such as rent, utilities, food and transportation.

Children’s advocate Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond told a news conference on Wednesday that youth who have been in government care deserve the same opportunities as others to attend university or college, but many face significant financial obstacles.

Last year, Turpel-Lafond challenged B.C.’s post-secondary schools to waive tuition fees for former youth in care. Vancouver Island University became the first in the country to do so this year, while the University of B.C. will begin to waive fees in September.