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ERIC Number: ED573294
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
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Tuition Assistance Programs for Foster Youth Pursuing Postsecondary Education. 50-State Review
Parker, Emily; Sarubbi, Molly
Education Commission of the States
Many students have concerns about the affordability of college, which may interfere with their potential success. However, foster care alumni have unique needs when making the transition into postsecondary enrollment. Compared to completion rates for the general population, postsecondary education outcomes for youth with foster care experience lag behind. Nearly 60 percent of the general population will obtain a bachelor's degree, compared with only 3 percent of foster care alumni. Similarly, foster care alumni have lower high school graduation rates than their non-foster peers--46 percent compared to 82.3 percent. As a result of these perpetual educational inequities, it is important to consider policies aimed at addressing disparate postsecondary access and attainment rates. A 2016 Education Commission of the States special report, "Strengthening Policies for Foster Youth Postsecondary Attainment," reviews how state policies can increase higher education access for foster youth and highlights states' autonomy to develop initiatives to best support this population. In an effort to provide ongoing support for state policymakers and education leaders, this 50-State Review expands on the mentioned report to focus specifically on state-based tuition assistance programs for foster youth. This comparison of various state tuition assistance programs can serve as a tool to better understand the supports for this vulnerable student population and provide a guidepost for possible policy redesign. This 50-State Review serves as a tool to better understand the state-level support for this vulnerable student population and provides a guidepost for possible policy redesign. [For the previous report, "Strengthening Policies for Foster Youth Postsecondary Attainment. Special Report," see ED570481.]
Education Commission of the States. ECS Distribution Center, 700 Broadway Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80203-3460. Tel: 303-299-3692; Fax: 303-296-8332; e-mail: ecs@ecs.org; Web site: http://www.ecs.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States
Identifiers - Location: Alaska; Arizona; Connecticut; Florida; Illinois; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Missouri; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; Oklahoma; Oregon; Rhode Island; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia