Higher Ed Scholarships, FAFSA, and More

Want to be successful in your education? Looking for money to go to college or a trade school? You’ve come to the right place! Just follow the links below... Also, don't forget to visit our internships page 2009 All-Star Kita Anderson wrote about the resources and scholarships she used to help pay for college. learn more here...
Questions about Educational Needs of Youth in Care? These FAQ's where developed by the New York State Office and Family and Children's Services check it out... GET FINANCIAL AID Apply for federal financial aid your senior year by filling out the Free Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA for short). The amount of financial aid you qualify for is mostly based on how much your family makes, but here’s the good news: as a foster youth, you can mark yourself down as a 1-person family (only you). This means that they don’t count your parent’s income, which means foster youth usually qualify for the maximum amount of financial aid available. Learn more... You can check out FAFSA's guide to applicants in unique situations here. PREPARE FOR YOUR HIGHER EDUCATION WHILE IN HIGH SCHOOL Your grades, your GPA, your ACT scores, the classes you take and the activities and organizations you are involved with all count for talent-based scholarships. During your junior year of high school, choose some schools you’re interested in and find out how much they cost. Look at Private and state scholarships available to those who grew up in foster care. Don’t forget to explore what scholarships may be available to you based on your religious or ethnic background. You can also check with your social worker, your local foster parent association, and any organizations you belong to about scholarships they offer or know about. Keep track of deadlines! SCHOLARSHIPS Follow this link to take advantage of the many scholarships awarded to foster youth. RESOURCES TO HELP GUIDE FOSTER YOUTH THROUGH HIGHER EDUCATION NASFAA GUIDE Helping California Foster Youth to Higer Ed Supporting Success Getting Foster Youth to and through College Foster Care and Education
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This information was very

Anonymous's picture

This information was very helpful.and yes i agree.some links are broken and dont work..but other than that is was very helpful

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A few of the links are

Anonymous's picture

A few of the links are broken :(

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After some research, we

FC Steve's picture

After some research, we found a story on NPR called Foster Kids Find Success At Philly Charter School. Check it out:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127849874

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I do not know of elementary

FC Steve's picture

I do not know of elementary schools or secondary school specifically for foster youth - I only know that having a specific Educational Advocate can help ease the transition to school, especially if the youth has gone to many. Whether it be with attending the youth's parent teacher conference mtgs and being in touch with the youth on their progress in school.

I know that if the youth has a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) - they can play the role of an Educational Advocate as well as help represent them in court hearings...

I came across this publication: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:VgHxxurVXQQJ:www.fosteryouthhe...

If the youth has an IEP (Individual Education Plan) this is different - they should have a team in place made up of people from the school and case worker(s) to help navigate the IEP process, I am not an expert in this area but the link I sent does a really good job of describing different scenarios foster youth may encounter while in school.

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Are there any elementary and

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Are there any elementary and secondary schools specifically designed to meet the needs and challenges of foster children?

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This scholarship information

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This scholarship information was really helpful.

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Im a junior do i apply for

patricia_russell6789's picture

Im a junior do i apply for them now or in my senior year?

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Man, every part of this site

Ella's picture

Man, every part of this site is great! This is definitely going to help a lot of youth!! Thank you!
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Which applications are you

FC Steve's picture

Which applications are you looking for?

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This is an awesome site.

Anonymous's picture

This is an awesome site. Although I don't know whre the applications are for them.

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