September 7 2017: Tuition waiver for former youth in care

      NORTH VANCOUVER B.C. – On September 1, 2017, British Columbia Premier John Horgan announced that young people leaving foster care will have access to free tuition for undergraduate programs at all 25 public post-secondary institutions in the province, including Capilano University.

      Previously only available at 11 public post-secondary institutions, the expanded program will provide greater access to education for youth aging out of foster care. Former youth in care are less likely to access post-secondary education than young people who grew up with family support. 

      To qualify for the program, students must be from British Columbia, between the ages of 19 and 26, and have been in care for a minimum of 24 months. 

      Capilano University President Paul Dangerfield noted the tuition waiver will brighten prospects for this group of young people. 

      “By opening opportunities for youth, we are contributing to building a better British Columbia,” says Dangerfield. “We look forward to welcoming students who will benefit from this support system. Here at CapU, they will benefit from small class sizes and have the opportunity to develop their skillsets to succeed professionally, which in turn elevates their employment potential and improves their overall standard of living.”  

      About Capilano University
      Capilano University is a teaching-focused university based in North Vancouver, with programming serving the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor. The University offers 99 programs, including bachelor’s degrees in areas as diverse as film, jazz, early childhood education and tourism management. Capilano University enrols approximately 10,500 students each year, 8,200 in for-credit programs and 2,300 in non-credit courses. Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh), Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.

      For more information, or to schedule interviews, please contact: 

      Cheryl Rossi
      Senior Communications Advisor
      Capilano University
      t: 604.983.7596
      c: 778.879.7119
      e: cherylrossi@capilanou.ca 
      www.capilanou.ca