Tuition Assistance Programs for Foster Youth Pursuing Postsecondary Education.
Parker, Emily. Sarubbi, Molly.
Education Commission of the States.
Published: March 2017
This brief compares various State-based tuition assistance programs for foster youth. It begins with an overview of State-based tuition assistance programs and describing common eligibility criteria and additional eligibility requirements. The State-tuition assistance programs of Oregon, Connecticut, and Iowa are highlighted. A chart is then provided that lists each of the 28 States with State-level tuition assistance programs for foster youth. It also details the age by which students must take advantage of the tuition assistance program, the requirement for the duration of their time in care, the financial support provided by the program, the number of credit hours required to qualify for the tuition assistance, and additional details about the program. Findings indicate that of the 28 States with tuition assistance programs, all but five states – Maine, Michigan, New York, Virginia, and West Virginia – include an upper-age limit in the eligibility requirements for State-level tuition assistance programs for former foster youth; and that six States provide financial assistance beyond tuition and mandatory fees that can be used for books, supplies, room and board, and transportation expenses. The brief concludes that while States have taken direct initiative in investing resources toward increasing the postsecondary degree attainment rate for foster youth, there is a lack of consistency across those levers of support. 5 references.
foster adolescents; postsecondary education; financial assistance; state programs; eligibility