Vancouver Island University led the charge when it came to the provincial tuition waiver program and now there are more than 800 students benefitting at training facilities throughout the province.

The program provides financial supports to former youth in care who are pursuing education or life skills training.

Premier John Horgan said the results have been inspiring.

“806 former kids in care are now engaged in post-secondary education, developing skills to make a better life for themselves. It helps to break a cycle of poverty and hopelessness that, I believe, is the responsibility of all of us.”

Students are enrolled in a wide range of programs throughout the province, such as social work, academic arts, nursing, pre-medical studies, trades, business administration, and graphics design.

The school with the most students attending and participating in the Provincial Tuition Waiver Program is Vancouver Island University with 93.