Foster Care Recipients

 

FosterCareRecipients

The Maryland Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients is available to foster care youth who are enrolled as a candidate for an associate, bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate at a Maryland Public institution of higher education.

QUALIFICATIONS

To be eligible for the Maryland Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients, a youth must have:

  • Been placed in an out of home placement by the Maryland Department of Human Resources and either;
  • Resided in an out of home placement in Maryland or outside the state at the time of his or her 18th birthday; or
  • Resided in an out of home placement on his or her 13th birthday, and:
  • Reunified after being in care for at 1 year; or
  • Was placed into guardianship after his or her 13th birthday; or
  • Was adopted out of an out of home placement after his or her 13th birthday
  • Be the younger sibling of a child who meets the qualifications stated in either (b)(ii) or (b)(iii). above and was placed into guardianship or adopted concurrently out of an out of home placement by the same guardianship or adoptive family.

ACCESSING THE WAIVER

To access the waiver, an eligible youth must:

  • Complete and file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year, checking the box to indicate that he or she is a “ward of the state”
  • Be enrolled on or before he or she reaches the age of 25
  • Be enrolled full time or part time for an associate, bachelors, or a vocational certificate (including by way of enrollment in credit-bearing or noncredit courses) at a Maryland public institution of higher education

AWARD AMOUNT

Youth who receive the waiver are exempt from paying tuition and mandatory fees at a public college or university in Maryland. The tuition waiver only applies to tuition and fees that are required for registration or as a condition of enrollment. Tuition does not include room, board, books, and transportation. If a foster care recipient receives a scholarship or grant, the scholarship or grant may not be applied to the tuition for the foster care recipient, but may be applied to non-tuition costs. 

RENEWING AN AWARD

Youth must file the FAFSA each year to receive the waiver for up to an additional four years or until your Bachelor’s degree is awarded, whichever occurs first.  

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Youth continue to be exempt from paying tuition and fees until five years after first enrolling as a candidate for an associate, bachelors, or a vocational certificate at a Maryland public institution of higher education. Non-credit courses taken to earn a vocational certificate also qualify for tuition waiver.

Students are eligible to receive the Foster Care Tuition Waiver for the following semesters:

  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer