PA Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program
On June 28th, 2019 Pennsylvania passed a law - Fostering Tuition through Education Act, which created the Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver (FosterEd) Program. This program seeks to remove barriers to accessing a postsecondary education for youth who are or have been in foster care.
- This helps eligible foster youth to complete their studies, graduate with less debt, and have the opportunity to build a network of support.
- The program is being administered collaboratively by the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) in conjunction with the PA Departments of Education, Human Services, and Labor & Industry.
Click here for more information from PHEAA about the program and how to apply and/or read the information below.
Key Benefits & Facts:
- Creates a tuition and fee waiver for youth in foster care who are seeking an undergraduate degree at colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to reduce financial barriers.
- Creates points-of-contact at institutions to help eligible students identify and apply for
financial aid, scholarships, gather verification documents and access campus and community
resources and support services.
- The waiver cannot be used for housing (residence hall) or meal plan charges at Millersville University.
- The waiver can be used for up to five years or until the age of 26.
Eligibility & Criteria:
- Be a Pennsylvania resident Be under the age of 26
- Received a high school diploma or equivalent approved credential
- Be eligible for services under Pennsylvania’s John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood
- Be identified as a youth in foster care or a youth discharged from foster care at age 16 or older
- Exited foster care on or after age 16 to adoption or permanent legal custodianship
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate, at least half time in a postsecondary institution that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV student assistance programs
- Demonstrate financial need for the PA Chafee Education and Training Grant (Chafee ETG), as determined by the postsecondary institution
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress (SAP), as determined by the postsecondary institution
- Not be in default on a federal student loan
How to Apply:
- Completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Enroll in a postsecondary institution approved by the US Department of Education for Title IV funding.
- Apply for the Chafee Education and Training Grant (Chafee ETG) Program and be determined eligible.
POINT OF CONTACT:
- Emi Alvarez
- Director of Financial Aid
- Office of Financial Aid
- (717) 871-5100