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Independent Living Program

​​​​​​​ ​​For many youth aging out of Oregon's foster care system, college is simply not a financial reality. The Chafee Education and Training Grant, Tuition and Fee Waivers, and other financial aid at the state and federal level ensure that foster youth have access to higher education.​

Federal Assist​​a​nce

FAFSA (Free Application For Fe​deral Student Aid) ​

Applying for federal student aid is quicker and easier than ever. This is the key to additional funding.

Federal Student Aid Pr​og​​rams

The following types of aid available to help you pay for your education after high school.

  • Grants - student aid funds that do not have to be repaid (other conditions apply).
  • Work-Study - a part-time work program to earn money while you are in school.

Types of feder​al stude​nt loans

Independent Student Colle​ge Cost Reduction and Access Act

Provisions of the College Cost Reduction and Access Act, effective July 1, 2009: The definition of independent student adds emancipated minor and being in a legal guardianship to the definition of independent student. It also changes the orphan or ward of the court until age 18 to be orphan or ward of the court or in foster care at any time on or after 13 years of age.

State Assistance ​and Sc​holarship Information

Financial Aid for Youth with Foster Care Experience
Grants and Scholarships

Up to a year of free support from an InsideTrack education and career coach

Oregon Opportunity Grant (OOG)
Oregon's largest state funded need-based grant program for students planning to go to college. ​

Tuition and Fee Waivers
For students attending Oregon community colleges and public universities who were in the care and custody of ODHS, or one of the nine federally recognized Tribes in Oregon.​ ​​

Office of Student Access and ​Co​mpletion (OSAC) - OSAC has over 400 scholarship opportunities available including scholarships specifically for foster youth​.

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