Financial Aid

The idea of preparing for college in ohio, or other states,  may seem like a daunting or hopeless task, but there are many financial aid resources available to foster care alumni. Obtaining the necessary means to pay for your education is possible! The resources below, found in Columbus and other Ohio cities will help guide you through your options as a former foster child. Emergency financial aid is also available to former foster youth in higher education.


The State of Ohio provides financial aid packages, scholarships and grants to students in need who are seeking higher education. Along with different types of schools, there are many different types of certificates, degrees and programs to help you achieve your career goals in and around Columbus, Ohio. You can even gain transferable and free college credits from prestigious universities online.

For most students planning to attend college or career school, financial aid is essential. The U.S. Department of Education's office of Federal Student Aid provides more than $120 billion in financial aid to help pay for college or career school each year. Learn more about your financial opportunities or apply for FAFSA now.

In order to bypass providing family income information when filling out FASFA, students must be able to verify their independence from their parents. If you do not have the ability to provide documents showing time in foster care and/or permanent separation from parents, sample letters made by School House Connection can be utilized. 

Emergency Financial Aid


Emergency financial aid is available to former foster youth in higher education.

Ohio State has emergency grants available to aid students who are struggling with living expenses or facing other unexpected financial challenges. Due to the current pandemic, and the disruption of campus operations, OSU can help.  You can apply for emergency funding by finding the Emergency Financial Aid Request Form.


Ohio Reach was established to promote opportunities for Ohio foster care alumni to achieve success in higher education and college. Ohio Reach is administered by the Ohio Children's Alliance through a partnership with the Ohio Department of Higher Education. A vast array of support is available to former foster on campuses across Ohio.


 Emergency Funds are also available. Click Here is the funding application.