To provide college financial assistance to students who once were in TDFPS foster care and have been adopted. (See also Foster Care Exemption)
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.
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. There are no durational limitations in statute referencing how many semesters or years an adopted student may receive this exemption.
General questions may be located at the Department of Family and Protective Services or contact TDFPS adoption assistance eligibility staff for additional assistance at Regional Adoption Assistance Contacts.
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.
Resources, Guides, and Toolkits:
- 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.
- Texas Higher Education Foster Care Liaisons Information & Reference Guide is a resource for the designated foster care liaisons at institutions or for any stakeholders that serve foster care students.
- The Texas Workforce Commission has created Foster Youth Tools to support providers and stakeholders serving foster youth.
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