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Kentucky Tuition Waiver for Foster and Adopted Youth

KRS 164.2847 waives tuition and mandatory fees for Kentucky foster or adopted children at any  public Kentucky university, technical or community college. Youth can complete a free online application Federal Student Assistance

The tuition waiver is a last-resort resource applied if federal financial assistance, Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, College Access Program and/or other private scholarships do not cover all expenses.

To qualify for the tuition waiver, the youth must: 

  • Currently be in state foster care or Department of Juvenile Justice custody;
  • Be in care at age 18;
  • Have been adopted from state foster care;
  • Have been adopted by a family who receives state adoption assistance; or
  • Be participating in a state-funded independent living program.

And

  • Be enrolled in Kentucky public postsecondary education/training;
  • Be and remain academically eligible;
  • Request the waiver within four years of high school graduation or date when the youth should have graduated;
  • Be enrolled in full- or part-time study;
  • Be enrolled in undergraduate study only.
Kentucky Tuition Assistance

Youth ages 18-21 who extend their commitment with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services for educational purposes are eligible for tuition assistance to attend college or vocational training. Tuition assistance is paid from state general funds and can be used for expenses not covered by federal financial assistance. 

Youth must complete a free online application for Federal Student Assistance.  

Tuition assistance is applied if federal financial assistance, Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, College Access Program, the tuition waiver for foster and adopted children and/or any other private scholarships do not cover all expenses.

To qualify for tuition assistance, the youth must: 

  • Extend commitment with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services;
  • Be enrolled in postsecondary education/training;
  • Be and remain academically eligible;
  • Be enrolled in full- or part-time study; and
  • Be enrolled in undergraduate study only.
Education Training Voucher Program

The national Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program offers financial help for college-qualified youth. The ETV program helps youth who have been adopted at or after age 16 or who have aged out of the foster care system on or after age 18. The ETV may be used at any Kentucky public university, college or vocational or technical school.

To qualify for the ETV program, the youth must: 

  • Have aged out of foster care at or after age 18; or
  • Have been adopted at or after age 16.

And

  • Be enrolled in postsecondary education or job training and maintain academic eligibility or satisfactory academic progress;
  • Be a full- or part-time student.

Youth in good standing with an educational institution at age 21 may continue with the ETV program until age 23.

 

Last Updated 4/25/2013
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