The goal of financial aid is to help students pay for college. Continue Reading →
College might seem far away, but it is closer than you think! You should start thinking about what colleges and universities you would like to attend. Would you like to stay in California and attend a nearby school? Or would you rather attend college on the East Coast? Would you like to start off at a two-year community college, a vocational school, or go straight to a four-year university? These are all things you need to start considering now, as some of these decisions might also affect the type of financial aid you will need.
No matter what your decision, do not let the fact that you were in foster care get in the way! You are just as smart and capable as any other student. Start setting goals for yourself now and take the steps necessary to accomplish them. Many foster youth have attended college and go on to lead very successful lives–you, too, have the power in your hands to become the next success story. Check out http://www.cacollegepathways.org/ to learn all about how you can succeed in college as a foster youth.
In order to receive financial aid from the federal government, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Continue Reading →
The state of California also provides financial assistance to California high school graduates and GED recipients in the form of a Cal Grant. Continue Reading →
Scholarships are money for college that you don’t have to pay back. Continue Reading →
The United Friends of The Children (UFC) is a non-profit organization that focuses on youth who have transitioned from foster care. Continue Reading →
You can prove that you are/were a “ward of the court” with a Ward of the Court Verification Letter. Continue Reading →
The Chafee Program is a federally funded program that gives up to $5,000 to eligible former foster youth for career and technical training or college courses at California community colleges, California State Universities, University of California campuses, career and technical schools, independent and private colleges, and schools in other states. Continue Reading →
You qualify for a Chafee Grant if you meet ALL of these eligibility criteria: Continue Reading →
Yes! As an undocumented youth, you are still eligible for the Chafee Grant (in addition to the benefits provided by the CA DREAM Act). Continue Reading →
Yes! Your Chafee Grant may be renewed every year through your 23rd birthday. Continue Reading →