Adopted Students Formerly under the Conservatorship of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS)

Program Purpose

To provide college financial assistance to students who once were in TDFPS foster care and have been adopted. (See also Foster Care Exemption)

Eligibility Requirements

Two types of adopted students meet the eligibility requirement. Those who:

  • Were in foster care and adopted on or after September 1, 2009; or
  • Were adopted, and the subject of an adoption assistance agreement with TDFPS under Subchapter D, Chapter 162, Texas Family Code

Senate Bill 1210 (83rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) adds a Grade Point Average requirement only for those adopted students subject to an adoption assistance agreement to receive continuation awards through the program. The Bill also establishes a Limit to the Total Number of Hours, cumulative, that a student may take and continue to receive awards through this program. This became effective the Fall of 2014. Contact your institution for more information.  *Students adopted on or after September 1, 2009 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. 

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.  There are no durational limitations in statute referencing how many semesters or years an adopted student may receive this exemption.

Application Process

Provide the college registrar written proof, from the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (TDFPS), of eligibility. To obtain a letter of eligibility from TDFPS, contact a representative in one of the regional offices.  Form K-908-1003 is the TDFPS verification of written proof.

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