Access to higher education has become increasingly essential to obtain economic independence and success in today’s world. The following resources provide information about accessing higher-education opportunities and financial scholarships for youth in or aging out of the foster care system.
College Success for Foster Youth
Affordable Colleges Online (2021)
Describes why youth in foster care may need assistance when it comes to college and provides information on scholarships and financial aid, programs for applying to college, programs for youth in college, and advice relating to postsecondary education.
Educational and Training Vouchers for Young People Currently and Formerly in Foster Care (PDF - 167 KB)
U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid (2022)
Provides information about Educational and Training Vouchers that can help youth currently or formerly in foster care pay for college or vocational training.
FAFSA for Foster Youth: Everything You Need to Know
Outlines how youth in foster care can apply for State and Federal education grants through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Foster Care to Success
Connects youth transitioning from foster care to college with financial and academic resources, including tuition grants, living stipends, academic coaching, care packages, and internship opportunities. This organization also coordinates the Educational Training Voucher programs for several State child welfare agencies.
John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood (PDF - 349 KB)
Congressional Research Service (2019)
Outlines the John H. Chafee Foster Care Program, which provides funding for youth currently and formerly in foster care for education assistance, career exploration, mentoring, and more. The resource explains eligibility for the funds, describes the supports, explains funding streams, and discusses related programs.
National Foster Parent Association
Provides scholarships for youth in foster care who wish to further their education through college or university studies, vocational and job training, or correspondence courses, including earning the GED. The website also includes tips for scholarship applications and links to other scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
Students in Foster Care
U.S. Department of Education (2016)
Provides information on relevant laws, guidance, and technical assistance materials related to educational support for students in foster care.
Support for Students in Foster Care
Evans & McCann (2020)
Education Commission of the States
Offers an overview of approaches to supporting students in foster care and addresses challenges for these youth. The brief presents examples from more than 10 States.