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MONEY FOR COLLEGE
•••• Paying for College - Education and Training Voucher Program
For youth who graduated from high school while in foster care, or who meet other eligibility requirements, financial assistance for college and post-secondary training programs is available through an SRS program called the Education and Training Voucher Program. The program can pay for tuition, fees, and other expenses at Kansas Vo-Tech schools, community colleges, Washburn University, and Board of Regents schools. In some cases, the program will pay for other expenses, as well. Participants must enroll as a full-time student, maintain good academic standing, and work 10-hours a week. Your Independent Living Coordinator has more information about this opportunity.
Application for Foster Child Education Assistance Program (Tuition waiver)
LINK: www.srs.ks.gov/agency/cfs/Documents/PPM 20Forms/Appendix_8A_FC_Ed_assistance_application.pdf
Education & Training Voucher Program -- End of Plan Year Review
•••• Kansas Student Aid
The State of Kansas site will help you learn about the eligibility requirements for numerous financial aid awards, scholarships, and grants available in Kansas, along with other useful related information.
•••• Federal Student Aid — FAFSA4caster
If you don’t know what federal student aid is, what programs there are, or what you need to do to get money for college, this is a very user friendly site that will respond these questions and much more!!
•••• Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
This is the Federal Government portal that provides VERY useful information and resources for you to apply for Federal Student Aid. Federal student aid covers school expenses, such as tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. This aid can also help you pay for a computer and dependent childcare expenses. Check out their 1-2-3 process and keep the deadline in mind! If you have questions regarding the application process you can contact the Federal Student Aid Information Center 1-800-4-FED-AID (1-800-433-3243) or 1-319-337-566.
Step 1 of the Application asks whether you are receiving foster care services, adapting the application if you are…Remember that if you’re in foster care you won’t need some of the documents that FAFSA demands, such as your parents’ federal income tax return.
Check out if you qualify for federal student aid!
•••• Federal Student Aid Programs
There are three categories of federal student aid: grants, work-study and loans. Federal grants are available for students attending colleges, including career colleges and universities. Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Federal student loans allow students to borrow money to help pay for college. Remember that not all schools participate in all federal student aid programs. Check out the programs!!!
You can create a personal portfolio to help you through the FAFSA application process. This portfolio can help you store your information and identify the steps you need to take to complete your application. This can be a very valuable tool for you! For example, this site has a "scholarship match" tool, that matches your portfolio to possible scholarships for you…
••• Single parents going back to school grants
If you’re a single parent and are considering going to college, this link provides great information on scholarships and grants:
SCHOLARSHIPS AND GRANTS
••• Kansas Scholarships and Grants
This State of Kansas site provides information about different scholarships, including graduate and undergraduate scholarships such as state, minority, nursing, and teacher scholarships. Check your eligibility!
••• Greater Kansas City Community Foundation
This link provides a list of scholarships available through the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation. There are several scholarships available for all levels of school, as well as undergraduate and graduate studies. This is a GREAT opportunity for you!
•••• Kansas Foster and Adoptive Children Scholarship Fund
Scholarships for any type of further education beyond high school including college, junior college, vocational, technical or other trade schools for Kansas youth who are or have been in foster care.
••• Greater Salina Community Foundation
This link provides a list of scholarships available through the Greater Salina Community Foundation. There are several scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate studies. Check them out!
••• Greater Wichita Community Foundation
This link provides a list of scholarships available through the Greater Wichita Community Foundation. There are several scholarships available for school, vocational, undergraduate, and graduate studies. Check them out!
•••• Orphan Foundation of America
OFA is the largest national nonprofit organization dedicated entirely to helping former youth in care obtain the academic and technical skills and competencies needed to thrive in today’s economy. To that end, OFA provides scholarship and grant money to former foster students in colleges and specialized training programs across the country. There are scholarships for undergraduate studies, such as the Casey Family Scholars Program. Check them out!
•••• College Scholarships-- Scholarships for Foster Kids
This link provides a list of scholarships available for youth in foster care. There are several scholarships available for school, vocational, undergraduate, and graduate studies. Check them out!
••• Federal Grants
Grants, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid. Check if you are eligible for a grant!
••• Federal Pell Grant
Federal Pell Grants are only for undergraduate students. Check them out!
•••• Scholarship Wizard
This link provides the federal government list of scholarships and search by keyword.
• Aviation Institute of Maintenance
Aviation Institute of Maintenance offers Aviation Maintenance Technician programs that prepare students for the Airframe and Powerplant license. Locations include Kansas City.