Tips for Applying to the 'Fostering Independence through Education' Waiver

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What Advocates and Child Welfare Professionals can do NOW to Help Young People Access the Tuition Waiver for Fall 2020

The Fostering Independence Through Tuition Waiver--which waives tuition for young people who were in the foster care system in Pennsylvania after age 16--is available for the Fall 2020 semester. Advocates and child welfare professionals can help students take steps to make sure they have access the waiver for the coming school year. This tip sheet includes key action steps to take with students to ensure they receive the waiver when they begin classes in the fall, as well as additional tips for financial aid resources. 

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About the Expert

Jennifer Pokempner is a Senior Attorney at Juvenile Law Center. At Juvenile Law Center, her work focuses on improving outcomes and opportunities for older youth in the foster care system through policy and legal advocacy at the local, state, and national levels.

Nadia Mozaffar is a staff attorney at Juvenile Law Center. Her work focuses on advancing educational rights and opportunities for children in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, economic justice issues, and protecting the rights of young people in the adult justice system.