FAFSA Information for Students in Foster Care

From Federal Student Aid:

Dear financial aid professional, counselor, mentor, or librarian:

Are you advising students who are currently in foster care or have recently left foster care? Be sure to let them know the following:

  • They should fill out a FAFSA in preparation for each year of college. A student who was in foster care at any time since turning 13 is considered an independent student by the FAFSA and does not have to provide parent information on the application. Your students can learn about the FAFSA at StudentAid.gov/fafsa and fill it out at www.fafsa.gov.
  • The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services offers educational and training vouchers to certain current or former foster youth. General information about the vouchers and eligibility can be found in a fact sheet at StudentAid.gov/foster.

Thank you for your dedication to helping America’s youth go to college.


The Awareness & Outreach team
Federal Student Aid
U.S. Department of Education

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