Making the grade: B.C. tuition waiver program made education possible for hundreds of young people

The British Columbia government waives tuition at public universities for undergraduate students who grew up in foster care, a measure that takes aim at the disadvantages young people face after aging out of the child welfare system. Former foster children, who in British Columbia are disproportionately of Indigenous heritage, average lower high school graduation rates and have above-average problems with income, housing, and work after childhoods that often feature multiple moves. About 1,700 young people have received tuition-free educations since 2017.

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