Tuition and mandatory fees for any public postsecondary institution, including all four year universities and colleges and institutions of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, shall be waived for a Kentucky foster or adopted child who is a full-time student. [KRS 194B.050(1), 164:2847]
Funding is available for children up to age 21 using Title IV-B dollars. The program is limited to children whose families received adoption assistance.
Available for youths who were adopted after their 14th birthday.
Legislation passed July 1, 2000
Children who were a ward of the court and in the legal custody of the state between age 16 and 21 are able to apply for the Former Foster Children Scholarship. More information is available from 800-452-8807 x 7395
Available for youth in state conservatorship at 14 years or older, if the youth is eligible for adoption
Children must have been in foster care. For special needs children. Legislation passed in the 2000 session. Go to: www.vccs.cc.va.us/vccsasr/tuitiongrant/tuitiongrant.html
States With Other College Tuition Programs
Offers a scholarship program for former foster children. Adopted children can apply but family income is considered. The DE Legislature budgeted $50,000 in 2001.
District of Columbia
Offers a scholarship program for children adopted from the District's foster care system after Oct. 1, 2000. Covers vocational training, as well as college funding.
Continues to pay board rate for former foster children (not adopted) up to the 22nd birthday if in vocational school/college. See www.hcf-hawaii.org or 888-731-3863.
DFS has statutory authority to award up to 48 scholarships per year to children who are in substitute care, who have been adopted and prior to their adoption were under the Department's legal responsibility, or who are in subsidized guardianship living arrangements.
The Minnesota State College and University System offers free tuition to children committed to state guardianship (i.e., foster children) but are not adopted.
The department has tuition waivers for foster children only.
States That Are Exploring a Tuition Waiver Programs
Casey Family Programs and Orphan Foundation of America
Each year, more than 25,000 youth attempt to make the transition from foster care to self-sufficiency as they reach age 18. Only half finish high school, and about 11 percent go on to college or vocational education much lower rates than the national averages. Through a new post-secondary education scholarship program, The Casey Family Programs will provide up to $10,000 per year to youth under the age of 25 who have spent at least 12 months in foster care and were not subsequently adopted.
The awards will be renewable each year, based on satisfactory progress and financial need. The Orphan Foundation of America (OFA) will administer the program, and the recipients will also receive ongoing support through OFAšs E-Mentor Program. OFA scholarship coordinators will match each student with a trained, screened adult who will interact with the student via e-mail, letters, and phone calls on a weekly basis to address specific issues faced by young people without parental support, including money management and life skills.
For more information on this and other OFA scholarship programs, visit www.orphan.org/casey.html or call 800-950-4673.
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
970 Raymond Avenue, Suite 106
St. Paul, MN 55114