Youth in Care Tuition Bursary

The Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) offers a Tuition Bursary Program for eligible students who have grown up in government care.  The tuition bursary is intended to provide opportunity to individuals who are underrepresented at the post-secondary level. 

This policy applies to all JIBC degrees, diplomas and certificate programs and compliments The Youth Education Assistance Fund (YEAF).

Effective January 2015 the bursary will be eligible for residents of BC who are currently living in care or who have lived as a Youth in Care in BC, as defined below:

Definition of youth in care 

A youth in care is defined as an individual who is a resident of British Columbia and is living or has lived as a youth in care in British Columbia under one of the following conditions as defined by the Child, Family and Community Service Act (CFCSA):

  • A Continuing Custody Order under Sections 41 (1) (d), 42.2 (4)(d), 42.2 (7), 49 (4), 49 (5), 49 (10) (a) or;
  • An Agreement with Youth under Section 12.2 or:
  • A Transfer of Custody Order Section 54.1

If students are unsure whether they meet any of the above criteria, they should contact their former social worker, any Ministry of Children and Family Development office, or a delegated Aboriginal Child and Family services agency for help. 


  • $2,000 annually per student.

Who Should Apply

Prospective applicants must provide evidence from a current or former agency worker, of eligibility for the Youth in Care Tuition waiver as a current or former youth in care in the Province of British Columbia. Within the Authorization for Release of Information, the JIBC will verify each student's eligibility with the Ministry of Child and Family Development or a delegated Aboriginal Child and Family services agency.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must submit a completed and signed Application for the Youth in Care Tuition Bursary and Authorization for Release of Information to the Student Financial Aid and Awards Office;
  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age during the academic year of study;
  • Applicants must be accepted into a JIBC certificate, diploma or degree for the upcoming semester OR be a continuing student and maintaining a minimum GPA of 2.00 each semester and registered in a program leading to the completion of a certificate, diploma or degree;
  • Applicants residents of BC .
  • Applicants must document financial need by completing the youth in care bursary application and signing the declaration.  Supporting documentation may be requested to verify information contained in the application form;
  • Applicants must have exhausted or been declared ineligible for Youth Education Assistance Fund.

Terms of the Youth in Care Tuition Bursary

  • This bursary is part of the general student bursary fund and will be adjudicated within the constraints of the annual budget allocation;
  • As a minimum number of tuition-paying students are required in each course to enable it to be offered, the Institute reserves the right to limit the number of bursaries admitted to a course and/or apply the regular course fees in high-cost courses;
  • The bursary applies only to the tuition fees for the course; any other expenses necessary for participation in the course such as books, supplies, equipment rental, etc., must be paid by the student;
  • The bursary is not applicable for tuition in short-term professional training courses;
  • All refunds are subject to the Refund Policy applicable to the program area and any remaining monies will be returned to the bursary fund

Applicants must have exhausted or been declared ineligible for Youth Education Assistance Fund.


Annually there are three application deadlines:

  • January 30
  • April 30
  • September 15

Application Process

Please complete the JI General Bursary application and note you are a Youth in Care in the Personal Statement field.  We recommend you print a copy for your files prior to submitting your completed form. For more information email

Last updated July 16, 2019