Tuition Exemption for Current or Former Foster Care Students under the Conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS)

Program Purpose

To provide college financial assistance to students who are currently or were formerly in the conservatorship of TDFPS.

Eligibility Requirements

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.

As of June 1, 2016, the following persons may also qualify for the tuition and fee exemption:

•A student whose age was 14 or older on or after June 1, 2016 and subsequently exited DFPS's permanent managing conservatorship to the legal responsibility of the parent.

 

Eligible Institutions

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

Award Amount

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.

Application Process

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.

Additional Information

  • Contact your institution directly for more information (List of Designated Liaisons). Additional information and resources include:

    • 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.
    • USDOE released a new toolkit to inspire and support current and former foster youth pursuing college and career opportunities. The Foster Care Transition Toolkit includes tips and resources intended to help foster youth access and navigate social, emotional, educational and skills barriers as they transition into adulthood.
  • To read more about this program check out:

    Texas Education Code 54.366 or visit www.texasyouthconnection.org.

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