To provide college financial assistance to students who are currently or were formerly in the conservatorship of TDFPS.
A student is exempt from the payment of tuition and fees, including tuition and fees charged by an institution of higher education for a dual credit course or other course for which a high school student may earn joint high school and college credit, if the student:
Was under the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services:
A. on the day preceding the student's 18th birthday;
B. on or after the day of the student's 14th birthday, if the student was also eligible for adoption on or after that day; or
C. on the day the student graduated from high school or received the equivalent of a high school diploma; or
D. the date permanent managing conservatorship (PMC) of the student is awarded to a person other than the student’s parent, if that date is on or after September 1, 2009.
The student must enroll in an institution of higher education as an undergraduate student or in a dual credit course or other course not later than the student's 25th birthday.
Available only for use at a Texas public college or university. Most public institutions of higher education have designated a Liaison Officer to provide assistance to their students formerly under the conservancy of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. List of Designated Liaisons
Tuition and fees for courses for which the college receives tax support; however, once a student has been determined eligible for the benefit and has enrolled in higher education, the benefit continues indefinitely. There are no durational limitations in statute referencing how many semesters or years a student may receive this exemption.
Provide the college registrar written proof, from the Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS), of eligibility. Form K-908-1003 is the TDFPS verification of written proof.
- Contact your college for additional information.
- For assistance from TDFPS contact the Preparation for Adult Living-Regional and State Contacts to verify tuition exemption eligibility of foster care students and PMC students
- Assistance with locating temporary housing between academic terms (fall, spring and summer) is also available to eligible former foster care students who were enrolled full-time at a public institution in the previous term and are registered or committed to enrolling full-time at a public institution in the subsequent term. To read more about this program, check out House Bill 452, 82nd Legislature http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=HB452
Achieving Success: Guidance for Colleges to Better Support Foster Youth is a resource guide for College Liaisons. It highlights recommendations of actions that colleges can take to improve access to higher education for foster youth nationwide, pledges that colleges can take to create tangible change on their campuses, and information about tuition waiver options for foster youth. The pledges (pgs. 12-13) are a start to creating college support groups on campus.
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