Click here if you have a teen close to aging out who would like to attend college to view the fact sheet Postsecondary Education Resources for Youth In and Transitioning Out of the Child Welfare System. The fact sheet was made available by the Legal Center for Foster Care & Education.
The first paragraph of this 4 page Fact-Sheet explains that “Fewer than 20 percent of eligible youth in foster care go on to higher education compared to 60 percent of youth in the general population. Moreover, very few of these students obtain bachelor’s degrees. These disparities can be attributed to a variety of factors. Higher education is expensive, and many youth in care do not have family members or other adults who can help pay for their tuition, co-sign their college loans, or provide them with a free place to live while they are attending college or during school breaks. Even youth with more modest aspirations still find job training or career skills development programs (that are also part of post secondary education) unaffordable. But there is help available that can assist these students to achieve their goals.” It then goes on to guide us through the maze of FAFSA and ETV as well as explains other programs that can help our youth attain their goals.