Department of Children and Families (DCF) Foster Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program

*The following is a brief description for students. Institutions should refer to the most recent guidelines for information.

The DCF Foster Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program is designed to provide financial support for children in state custody who were neither adopted nor returned home. It is believed that these children have few support systems and significant needs. Without the benefit of parental support, foster children face the additional challenge of financing their education when they enroll as students in higher education institutions. While foster care children qualify for financial aid, many face the burden of acquiring student loans to meet their educational costs. The DCF Foster Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program is a valuable resource that will help reduce their educational loan debt.

Who Is Eligible?

To be eligible for the DCF Foster Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program, a student must:

Please refer to the PDF DCF Student Eligibility Checklist

Eligible Institutions

An eligible institution is within the system of public higher education under section 5 of Chapter 15A of the General Laws.

* An eligible course is any state-supported course offered by an institution at a public college or university, excluding all graduate courses and courses in the MD program at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. Eligible courses include those toward an undergraduate degree program, certificate program, short-term certificate program, and non-credit courses. Institutions are encouraged to develop waiver programs for eligible students that would provide a 50% tuition waiver for any non-state-supported course and/or certificate programs.

Award Amounts

Students eligible for the DCF Foster Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program are entitled to a tuition and fee waiver equal to 100% of the resident tuition rate, subject to budgetary appropriation, for eligible state-supported courses offered at the participating public higher education institution.

Click here to view the full value of tuition waivers, by school, for a full-time student in the current academic year.

How to Apply

You must obtain eligibility documentation from the Department of Children and Families and present it to your campus financial aid office for consideration. Contact the DHE’s Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070 to obtain more information and to inquire about application requirements or deadlines.

 

PDF Tuition Waiver Guidelines