Financial Aid for Youth Under Transition Jurisdiction

Q: “If a youth entered foster care while in the probation system and is now participating in extended foster care under transition jurisdiction, are they still eligible for all of the same financial aid benefits as a youth under dependency jurisdiction when attending college?”

A: Yes, participation in extended foster care under transition jurisdiction through juvenile probation does not impact eligibility for financial aid benefits. These youth are eligible for all of the same financial aid benefits as other foster care students including federal loans and grants, Cal Grants, Community College BOG fee waivers, work study and Chafee grants. In addition, any benefits received through extended foster care are not considered income for the purposes of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid  .

Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter GEN-13-18

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