Scholarships, Grants & Loans

National, state, and community scholarships and grants are available to former foster youth in Central Ohio. Students can browse below to see which types of financial aid and fee waivers they are individually eligible for and read information about student loans. 

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The Education Training Voucher, or ETV, Program is a federally-funded, state-administered scholarship that provides funding and support to former foster youth in post-secondary education. Eligible students may receive grants up to $5,000 per year for up to five years or until Ohio state’s age limit of 26. Begin the application process here.

Ohio State Students are eligible for an abundance of need-based grants funded by federal, state, and university sources. Most grants like the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and the Ohio College Opportunity Grant can be obtained by simply submitting a FASFA application. Institutional grants like the Ohio State Presidents Affordability Grant are also awarded to students who are eligible for FASFA. 

Foster Care to Success is the largest provider of college funding and support services for foster youth in the nation. All Foster Care to Success scholarship program(s) for which you are eligible will be determined based on the information you provide. These scholarships are renewable for up to five years.

Students who receive the Dream Award have completed at least their first year of their college education, have a significant financial need, and have overcome obstacles through sheer determination. Get notified when the Dream Award opens!

SOS helps women who have overcome life challenges with financial aid for education. Financial aid may be used for tuition at universities, colleges, and technology and trade schools. Funds may also be used for supplies, equipment, books, bus passes, special fees, and for child care to enable parents to attend classes. You can find more information on how to apply here.

Casey Family Programs awards scholarships, based on need, to foster care alumni pursuing higher education. Funding is available for undergrads up to 6 years and graduate students up to 4 years. You can start the application process here.

ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization, known for the ACT test, but there are many more ways that their solutions can help on the path to higher education. You can register for The ACT here and they also offer waiver fees to those meet eligibility requirements.

The SAT is an admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges, and the College Board has programs to encourage all students to take advantage of higher education. A list of available SAT dates and deadlines can be found here and they also offer waiver fees to those who meet eligibility requirements.

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