ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- Memorial University in Newfoundland and Labrador will offer free undergraduate tuition to 20 students formerly in foster care, beginning this spring.

The school made the announcement today, saying it was following in the footsteps of Mount Saint Vincent University, in Nova Scotia.  

Memorial said in a news release it will provide full-time undergraduate tuition for a maximum of four years, and up to eight semesters, for 20 students.

Eligible students need to have lived in foster care for at least one year.

Mount Saint Vincent announced a similar program earlier this month, waiving tuition for students formerly in care.

Both universities say the programs are aimed at making education more accessible to youth from diverse backgrounds.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.