Foster Child Tuition and Fee Waiver Program

The Foster Child Tuition and Fee Waiver Program provides free undergraduate tuition and fees (at the in-state rate) to foster children at any one of Massachusetts' 29 state and community colleges and universities. Approved by the Board of Higher Education in June of 2000, this initiative was expanded to include fees in July of 2008. Youth eligible for the state college undergraduate or certificate tuition and fee waivers include:

  • A current or former foster child who was placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families and remained in custody through age 18 without subsequently being returned home. The youth must have been in custody for at least six months immediately prior to age 18; or
  • Youth who had been in the custody of the Department of Children and Families and whose guardianship was sponsored by the Department of Children and Families through age 18.

Note that prospective students must meet the admission criteria for the institution and must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

Youth may use the waiver until age 25.

To apply, please send a copy of your birth certificate with a letter requesting the waiver that includes your name, social security number, date of birth, mailing address, and signature to The Foster Child Tuition and Fee Waiver Program at DCF 600 Washington Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02111. For more information please contact Kathy Martin at 617-748-2232.

Foster Child Grant Program

Foster Child Grant Program provides grant monies for youth attending public and private post-secondary school full time in a degree granting program. Eligible youth were in the custody of the Department of Children and Families until age 18 and unable to return home and were not adopted. Eligible youth must also meet the following conditions:

  • Is a permanent legal resident of MA
  • Is a US citizen or noncitizen eligible under Title IV regulations
  • Is not over the age of 24
  • Has not earned his or her baccalaureate degree
  • Has signed a voluntary agreement with the Department of Children and Families establishing the terms and conditions for receiving such aid
  • Is enrolled full time (12 credits or its equivalent)
  • Has applied for financial aid, using the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Is in compliance with applicable law regarding Selective Service
  • Is not in default of any federal or state student loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received and
  • Is in good standing and meets the institution's requirements for satisfactory academic progress.

The maximum award per academic year is $6000 for eligible students enrolled in public institutions or private non-profit or private for profit institutions.

Youth must file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form and a Statement of Eligibility to qualify. For more information regarding this program please call 617-748-2309.

DCF Education and Training Voucher Program

The DCF Education and Training Voucher Program provides up to $5000 per academic year for post-secondary educational or vocational training programs, including colleges and trade schools and related costs of attendance (tuition, fees, room and board, books, transportation, day care) as defined in the Higher Education Act of 1965. Eligible youth are:

  • Youth who were adopted through DCF after attaining age 16;
  • Youth who were in DCF custody (any type) until age 18, unable to return home and have not yet reached age 23 or
  • Youth who were in DCF sponsored guardianships with kin after attaining age 16.

Youth must be US citizens or noncitizens lawfully admitted for permanent residence (a green card).

Youth must have achieved a high school diploma or GED certificate to be eligible for ETV funds.

Youth must apply to the program before they turn 21 and can use the ETV Program until their 23 rd birthday. For further information please contact DCF at 617-748-2309.

William Warren Scholarship Program

The William Warren Scholarship Program provides scholarships for educational and vocational programs to any youth under age 25 who was in the care/custody of DCF for a minimum of one year. Scholarships range from $250 to $4000. Both current and former DCF youth are eligible. For information, call (617) 748-2232.

 


This information is provided by the Department of Children and Families.