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Arizona Foster Youth Programs

ASU and the state of Arizona are committed to helping Arizona’s foster youth meet their educational goals and make college a financial reality. The state of Arizona offers specific programs, which do not require repayment, to help eligible current and former foster youth with college costs. To learn more about resources for foster youth at ASU, visit Foster Youth at ASU.


The Arizona Foster Youth Award (tuition waiver)

In 2013, then Governor Jan Brewer signed into law a bill to help Arizona’s foster youth earn a college degree by offering them free tuition. This five-year pilot program uses a combination of federal grants and scholarships, and university aid to cover the full amount of Arizona resident undergraduate tuition and fees.

To be eligible, students must:

  • be accepted to ASU
  • be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • be an Arizona resident for tuition purposes
  • verify lawful presence as described under Arizona's Proposition 300
  • be under 23 years old
  • currently be in foster care and at least 16 years old; or
  • formerly be in foster care when the student was at least 16 years old; or
  • have been adopted from foster care (and adoption finalized) after the student was 16 years old
  • submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid each year. ASU’s Federal School Code is 001081. The FAFSA opens January 1 each year and we recommend that students submit by March 1 to be considered for the most need-based financial aid.

The Foster Care to Success Student Portal offers one application to apply for both the Arizona Foster Youth Award and the Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV). The application opens each July 1 for students entering ASU that August (fall semester). Once the student submits the application, the State of Arizona will verify the student's eligibility and notify ASU's Financial Aid and Scholarship Services office if the student qualifies for the Arizona Foster Youth Award.

  • To receive your Arizona Foster Youth Award, students must first be enrolled in classes at ASU.
  • The Arizona Foster Youth Award will only cover any remaining tuition and mandatory fees after all other awarded funds from federal, public and institutional grants and scholarships (including, but not limited to, the Federal Pell Grant, the ASU College Attainment Grant and the Obama Scholarship) have been applied to the student's account. If the student's tuition and fees are 100% covered by the other awards, the student will NOT see an Arizona Foster Youth Award applied to their account. NOTE: The only federal grant that will NOT be counted toward a student's tuition and fees prior to applying the Arizona Foster Youth Award, is the Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV). Eligible students may apply for the ETV, but funding is limited and not all students will be awarded. See more information below.
  • The Arizona Foster Youth Award will disburse to the student's account a few days before classes begin, only after the student's lawful presence has been verified and the student is enrolled in classes.
  • Students offered multiple awards that cover tuition and fees, cannot receive more than 100% of the cost of tuition. Estimate your tuition and mandatory fees with ASU's Tuition Estimator.

Every student's financial situation is unique. In some situations, even with the Arizona Foster Youth Award and full Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funding, students may need to consider loans to cover their costs. ASU reminds students to borrow wisely, as loans must be paid back with interest.

To remain eligible, students must meet the following requirements:

  • If the student is making satisfactory progress toward a Bachelor's Degree or Certificate Program, the person is eligible to receive the Arizona Foster Youth Award up to age 23. The student must demonstrate continuous progress toward a degree or certificate to remain eligible.
  • After the first academic year that a student receives the Arizona Foster Youth Award, they must complete a minimum of 30 hours of volunteer service before the next academic year starts.
  • Each student must remain in good academic standing.
  • Demonstrate continuous progress toward an associate's degree, baccalaureate degree or certificate to remain eligible
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, each year the student receives a tuition waiver scholarship
  • Complete at least 30 hours of volunteer service each year
  • Remain in good academic standing with the policies established by ASU

 



The Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV)

The Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV) is a federally funded grant used to support foster youth who have aged out of the foster care system and who are enrolled in college, university and vocational training programs. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year based on their cost of attendance. They must enroll before their 21st birthday and may continue to receive support until age 23. Funds may be used for tuition, housing, books, student loan repayments and qualified living expenses.

To qualify, applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • must be in foster care, adopted from foster care after age 16, or aged out of foster care
  • be US citizens or qualified non-citizens
  • be younger than 21 to apply for the first time
  • have a high school diploma or GED
  • have been accepted into or enrolled in a Title IV, accredited college or vocational/technical training program
  • personal assets (bank account, car, home, etc.) must be worth less than $10,000

To apply, applicants must complete the following forms:

  • The Foster Care to Success Student Portal offers one application to apply for both the Arizona Foster Youth Award and the Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV). The application opens each July 1 for students entering ASU that August (fall semester). Once the student submits the application, the Foster Care to Success offices will reach out to the student to discuss enrollment in school, housing, working, etc.
  • The Financial Aid Release Form must be printed, filled out and submitted to ASU's Financial Aid and Scholarship Services. The financial aid office will fill in the cost of attendance and all of the student’s other loans, grants and scholarships and faxes it to ETV. This form shows ETV the student’s ESTIMATED NEED.
  • The ETV Student Participation Agreement explains the student’s responsibilities as a program participant and must be signed and faxed or mailed to ETV before funding is disbursed.

Once the ETV office has received all forms, they will determine a students need and send an award letter to qualified students. ETV will send awarded funds (up to $2,500 per semester) directly to ASU and ASU will post those funds to the students account. This transaction may post after the fall semester has begun. Students with questions, may contact the Financial Aid and Scholarship Services office.

Every student's financial situation is unique. In some situations, even with the Arizona Foster Youth Award and full Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funding, students may need to consider loans to cover their costs. ASU reminds students to borrow wisely, as loans must be paid back with interest.

Students must re-apply online for every new school year. However, ETV funds are assigned one term at a time and students are required to complete and submit a new Financial Aid Release Form each semester . The ETV Program needs to update students’ financial information, school enrollment, attendance and educational progress before any funds are assigned, and therefore the forms must be submitted on a semester basis.

At the end of every term funded by ETV, ETV must receive the student’s official transcript, including final grades for that term, mailed directly from the registrar. Faxed, emailed or unofficial copies of transcripts/grade sheets will not be accepted. ETV funding will NOT be disbursed until the student’s transcript has been received.

 



Scholarships

There are several scholarships specifically for current and former foster youth. Each one typically has it’s own application and deadline to apply. Scholarships are gift aid that do not require repayment. Some foster youth specific scholarships include:

Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars program
Armstrong Family Foundation Scholarship
Casey Family Programs
National Foster Parent Association Scholarship

Additional foster youth scholarships can be found here.

Students may also use ASU's Freshman Merit Scholarship Estimator to see if they qualify to become a New American University Scholar. A GPA, class rank and ACT/SAT score are required. Students will be considered for higher awards if they retest and score higher. New test scores must be received by ASU on or before May 1. Students should request their test scores be sent directly to ASU from the testing service.

Additional scholarships based on criteria like, income level, ethnicity, if the student is the first to graduate high school or go to college in their family, etc. can be found through ASU’s Scholarship Search. Students should apply for as many scholarships as possible.