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Reciprocal Tuition

What is Reciprocal Tuition?

First Nations have consistently maintained the critical importance of receiving sufficient and fair levels of funding for First Nations schools, including full tuition for those students who live off-reserve but choose to attend a First Nations school.  For many years, however, neither the federal nor provincial government has been willing to pay the costs of tuition for those students.

Now, a new Reciprocal Tuition Agreement has been reached by the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and the BC Ministry of Education, according to which the Ministry of Education will pay the tuition costs for those students. This agreement represents an important step ahead in recognizing the important role that First Nations schools play in the BC education system.

Important Links

Memorandum of Agreement

Press Release - Nov. 6, 2009

Reciprocal Tuition Agreement Signing - November 6, 2009


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