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.

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

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.

Additional Information

Copyright © 2018 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. All Rights Reserved

Site Policies | Site Map | Contact



Generation Texas

I am strong. I am independent. I am ready for my career. I support my family. I want to go to college. I am a leader of tomorrow. I am Generation TX. Learn more at


College Compare Texas

There are so many colleges, how do I know which is best fit for me? Compare colleges side-by-side on key measures such as tuition & fees, completion rates, and average salaries after college. Start exploring now at


Apply Texas

I am ready to start my college journey, now what? ApplyTexas is a one-stop shop for applying to a public university or community college in Texas. Start now at Need more information? Still have questions? We're here to help guide you through the financial aid process. Give us a call at 1-888-311-8881.