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Financial Aid Assistance to Students from Foster Care

Providing Effective Financial Aid Assistance to Students from Foster Care and Unaccompanied Youth: A Key to Higher Education Access and Success is a publication supported by Casey Family Programs, the Legal Center for Foster Care & Education, NAEHCY, and other organizations. It is a manual to assist college financial aid administrators to understand and apply the provisions in the College Cost and Reduction and Access Act of 2007 to include unaccompanied homeless youth and youth in the foster care system as independent students for the purposes of applying for federal financial aid. The publication includes an explanation of dependency status questions on the FAFSA form, an overview of the foster care system and of unaccompanied youth, and scenarios to help make appropriate determinations. Read More...

Continuing in Foster Care Beyond Age 18: How Courts Can Help

There is compelling evidence that foster children who stay in care beyond the age of 18 experience more positive outcomes, and fewer negative outcomes, than those who leave at/or around age 18. Youth who remain in care after 18 have higher rates of enrollment in high school completion programs and college and better access to health care as well as lower rates of unemployment, homelessness, and incarceration. Read More...

Serving Former Foster Youth in California Community Colleges

This report presents an overview of how community colleges in California are meeting the educational needs of current and former foster youth and seeks to: Provide for a better understanding of the needs of emancipated foster youth enrolled at community colleges; Examine successful responses to student needs from community colleges statewide; Identify challenges faced by community colleges in meeting student needs; and Make recommendations as to how programs can be enhanced, expanded, and improved. Read More...
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