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Texas Students in Foster/Residential Care Exemption Program

The Students in Foster or other Residential Care (Foster Care/Adoption Exemption) was established to provide college financial assistance to students who were in foster care when they turned 18 years of age or who were in foster care and eligible for adoption as of their 14th birthday.

Who can apply?
Individuals who:

-Have been in the care or conservatorship of the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Services (TDPRS) on the day before his/her 18th birthday; or
-Have been in the care or conservatorship of TDPRS on the day of his/her 14th birthday (if the student was also eligible for adoption on or after that day)
-Have been in the care or conservatorship of TDPRS on the day of his/her graduation from high school or receipt of GED
-Enroll in a public college or university in Texas within three years of the relevant date mentioned above, but no later than his/her 21st birthday
-Enroll in classes for which the college receives tax support (i.e. a course that does not depend solely on student tuition and fees to cover its costs).

Where may the awards be used?
Must be used at a Texas institution.
Available only for use at a public college or university.

How much can be awarded?
Tuition and fees; however, once a student has been determined eligible for the benefit, the benefit continues indefinitely. There are no durational limitations in statute referencing how many semesters or years a student may receive this exemption.

How can I apply?
Provide the college registrar written proof, from the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services, of eligibility.

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