"When you LISTEN, it's amazing what you LEARN. When you ACT on what you've learned, it's amazing what you can CHANGE." - Audrey McLaughlin
Just 3% of youth who have experienced foster care earn a 4 year college degree by age 24.
While many states off tuition waivers for youth who have been in foster care, these young people face additional challenges beyond the cost of higher education.
Frequent placement and school changes make it difficult to gather the required school transcripts.
Many youth do not have an adult who can help them make decisions about higher education and navigate the application process, including how to utilize tuition waivers and other education benefits available to foster youth.
Managing life and new responsibilities on a college campus can be difficult for young people who have been in foster care and do not have experience making their own decisions. Without support and guidance, these students often drop out.
More colleges are recognizing this and developing mentor programs to help foster youth apply and be accepted to college, and also support and guide them so they can stay in school and succeed.
If there is a College or University in your area, find out what programs they offer to support foster youth. Consider supporting them financially or by volunteering.
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