Post-Secondary Supports for Foster Students

Post-Secondary Preparation for foster students
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Free Lifetime Tuition Waiver

 You qualify for the tuition and fee waiver, if you were in DFPS conservatorship:

  • The day before your 18th birthday.
  • The day of your 14th birthday, if you are also eligible for adoption on or after that day.
  • The day you graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma.
  • The day you were adopted, if that date was on or after September 1, 2009.
  • The day Permanent Managing Conservatorship was granted to a non-parent, if that date was on or after September 1, 2009.
  • You were 14 years or older on or after June 1, 2016 and left DFPS's Permanent Managing Conservatorship return to the legal responsibility of a parent.
  • You were 16 years or older on or after June 1, 2016 and left DFPS Temporary Managing Conservatorship to the legal responsibility of a parent.
  • You enrolled in a dual credit course or other course which a high-school student may earn joint high school and college credit, and were in DFPS conservatorship on the day of enrollment.

Note: You must have enrolled in a state supported college or university before your 25th birthday.

State PAL staff or Adoption Eligibility Assistance staff will give you a signed college Tuition Fee Waiver letter to take to the school registrar's office. Participation in PAL services is not required to be eligible for the tuition and fee waiver.

The benefit to qualifying for this waiver is there is no age limit for the student to enroll in a college or university.  To verify eligibility, contact your Regional Adoption Staff or call (800) 233-3405.

Education Training Voucher (ETV)

The ETV program is a federally funded program to meet the education and training needs of  youth and young adults currently or formerly in the conservatorship of DFPS as they transition to a more successful adulthood.

The ETV program serves those eligible students ages 16 up to the age 21 or age 23 by providing up to $5,000 a year for young adults to attend college or vocational programs. The amount of ETV funds is based on the students cost of attendance as determined by the school and after all other financial aid assistance has been factored in.

The ETV Program pays expenses determined by the school where the student is enrolled.  These expenses may include:

  • Rent and utilities
  • Room and board costs/food
  • Tuition/fees (for schools  that do not accept the state tuition and fee waiver)
  • Personal items
  • Books/supplies
  • Child care
  • Tutoring
  • Transportation  
  • Computer or other related software and equipment
  • Medical insurance through the school
  • Other costs determined by the school


Please visit the following sites on the following topics:

Lifetime Tuition Waivers  

Education Training Voucher