King’s has announced the creation of a Post-Care Tuition Waiver that will be made available annually to two former youth-in-care. This comes in recognition of the unique and ongoing challenges faced by former youth-in-care in accessing and completing a post-secondary education.
The introduction of the Post-Care Tuition Waiver forms part of ongoing work to advance equity, diversity and inclusion at King’s. In particular, the tuition waiver marks an important contribution to the university’s goal, as set out in the mandate of President William Lahey, to “improve the accessibility of King’s for students who face barriers to attending King’s, including financial barriers…” The tuition waiver will improve the accessibility of an education at King’s among historically and currently marginalized groups (e.g. Indigenous/Aboriginal students, especially Mi’kmaq; African/Black Students, especially Historical African Nova Scotian; those with (dis)abilities—visible and invisible; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer youth), as these groups are over-represented in the Province of Nova Scotia’s child welfare system.
In the 2021/2022 academic year, two tuition waivers will be awarded to former youth-in-care for undergraduate studies at King’s. The waivers will be renewable (up to four years dependent upon good academic standing) for each student’s first undergraduate degree at King’s. Two additional waivers will be available in subsequent academic years.
Current undergraduate students or incoming students who meet the eligibility criteria and have been accepted into an undergraduate program that begins in September can apply for the waiver through the application below. The application review process will begin on Monday August 23, 2021.