Help Paying for School

There are many financial assistance programs to help current and former foster youth pay for school. You may be eligible for different programs based on your age, school, DCF history, and other factors. Learn more below.

~$150-$10K  Range of financial assistance per school year
500+  Foster youth getting financial assistance this school year

TypeEducation & Training VoucherState College Tuition & Fee WaiverFoster Child Grant
WhatUp to 5K per year for tuition, room/board, fees, books, transportation & more100% of tuition & fees for state-supported coursesUp to 3K per semester (max of 6K per year) for tuition, room/board, & fees
WhereFull or part time at any public/private college, university, or vocational school that is FAFSA eligible (in or out of state)Full or part time at a Massachusetts public college or universityFull time at any public/private college, university, or vocational  school that is FAFSA eligible (in or out of state)
Who
  • Under age 26
  • US citizen/eligible non citizen
  • DCF custody through age 18 or DCF sponsored adoption/guardianship with kin (after 16)
  • Eligible for FAFSA
  • Under age 25
  • US citizen/eligible non citizen
  • DCF custody through age 18 or DCF sponsored adoption/guardianship with kin
  • Eligible for FAFSA or MASFA (alternative financial aid application for undocumented students)
  • Under age 25
  • US citizen/eligible non citizen and permanent MA resident
  • DCF custody through age 18 via a Care & Protection petition
  • Eligible for FAFSA or MASFA (alternative financial aid application for undocumented students)
HowSee the full eligibility rules and apply 
After July 1st 
See the full eligibility rules and apply 
Upon reaching 18th birthday or by July
See the full eligibility rules and apply 
By July 15th

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