The process is actually very easy. The first step is to identify yourself as a current or former foster youth on the FAFSA. Specifically, you must answer “YES” on FAFSA Question #55, which states: “At any time since you turned age 13, were both your parents deceased, were you in foster care or were you a dependent or ward of the court?”
Also, if you see the following statement or any version of it on any of the applications for admission to the colleges or universities you are applying to, you should check the box next to it: “I am a former or current Foster Youth and am interested in financial aid and/or other benefits & services available to Foster Youth.” Additionally, having received the Chafee Grant helps identify you as a current or former foster youth.
Once you are identified as a current or former foster youth—and if the school offers a Guardian Scholars Program—someone may contact to make sure that you have all of the benefits and supports in place to make your transition to college much easier. You should definitely take advantage of this great program! If for some reason they don’t call you, make certain you ask about the program. You will need to apply to be able to participate, so make sure you contact your school right away.