Former Foster Youth

If you have been involved in the foster care system and have financial need, we can help you navigate the process of planning and paying for college. The resources below can get you started down the road to college and a successful career.

Chafee Education and Training Grant

The Chafee Education and Training Grant program helps current and former foster care youth pay for postsecondary education and training.

OSAC Chafee Contact

Michelle Slay, Grants Administrator
Phone: (458) 205-1181

DHS Chafee Contact

Rosemary Iavenditti, Youth Transitions Program Coordinator
Phone: 503—884-8821


Pearl Scholarship Fund

Scholarship Purpose: To award scholarships to students who have been or remain in foster care and wish to attend an Oregon public college or university and major in health sciences. 

DREAM Scholarship

Scholarship Purpose: To award scholarships to students who are current Oregon residents and who have been in foster care and wish to attend any Title IV financial aid eligible institution within the United States.

Foster Youth Tuition and Fee Waiver

Foster Youth Tuition and Fee Waiver

The Foster Youth Tuition and Fee Waiver is for undergraduate students who were in the care and custody of DHS, or one of the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon. Former foster youth must have spent at least 180 days in substitute care after age 14, AND did not leave substitute care and custody of (DHS or Tribe) prior to the youth’s 16th birthday. The undergraduate student must access the Tuition and Fee Waiver prior to the age of 25.

Students are expected to complete the FAFSA each year and fulfill FAFSA verification requirements if selected, so that other federal (Pell, FSEOG) and state (Oregon Opportunity Grant) financial aid may be applied to a student’s tuition and fee amount prior to calculation of the waiver amount. Students who do not submit verification documents/information as requested will not be eligible to receive the tuition and fee waiver.

The Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) partners with the Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC) to determine potentially eligible students and to match DHS data with a student’s FAFSA information. Based on information listed on the FAFSA, OSAC provides a list of eligible students to be considered for a Tuition and Fee Waiver in the Financial Aid Offices (FAO) Portal. A student may list several eligible institutions; all will be notified of the student's eligibility.

Financial Aid and More

Oregon Financial Aid Opportunities:

In addition to federal financial aid opportunities and programs specific to each institution, Oregon residents, regardless of age, may be eligible for the following state financial aid programs, as long as they meet all other program requirements:

File your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) or ORSAA (Oregon Student Aid Application).

Oregon Opportunity Grant
 – Oregon’s largest state-funded, need-based grant program that prioritizes the lowest-income Oregon students of all ages who attend eligible public and private Oregon colleges and universities. 

Oregon Promise Grant – Oregon’s state grant program that provides recent high school graduates and GED® test graduates grants that can be applied toward tuition at Oregon community colleges.

Oregon National Guard State Tuition Assistance – Provides funds for tuition at Oregon community colleges and public universities for current eligible service members of the Oregon National Guard and the Oregon Air National Guard.

Student Child Care Grant – Assists parents who are enrolled in postsecondary education in obtaining safe, dependable childcare while allowing completion of the parent’s academic programs.

OSAC Scholarships – more than 600 privately funded scholarships are available to Oregon students, to which you can apply through a central application portal.

For additional Oregon grant and scholarship programs, please visit this link.

If you have already completed an associate’s degree, certificate, or some college, here are tools for transfer students

For information on how to build upon your current skills, including GED® resources, apprenticeships and training opportunities, career pathways, veteran resources, dislocated worker programs, workforce needs and more, please visit the Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s “build skills and training” webpage.

For additional resources on workforce, visit: 

WorkSource Oregon

Local Workforce Development Boards

Eligible Training Provider List

Information and Helpful Links