Foster Child Grant
*The following is a brief description for students. Institutions should refer to the most recent guidelines for information.
The Foster Child Grant Program was funded by the Massachusetts Legislature in 2001. It provides grants of up to $6000 annually for foster children to help pay for an education beyond high school at any college or university throughout the continental United States. The grant recipient must have signed an agreement with the Department of Children and Families for care and services beyond age 18.
Who is Eligible?
To be eligible for a Foster Child Grant a student must:
- Physically reside in Massachusetts for at least one year, as of the start of the enrolled term, with an intent to remain in Massachusetts consistent with Board of Higher Education policy; and
- Have approved eligibility status as a “High School Completer,” 1 per the Massachusetts tuition equity law, 2 or be a U.S. Citizen, permanent legal resident, or non-citizen eligible under Title IV regulations.
- Have applied for financial aid, using the standard Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
- Not be in default of any federal or state Student Loans for attendance at any institution or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received.
- Be enrolled full time (at least 12 credits or its equivalent) in an eligible institution.
- Be in good standing and meet the institution's requirements for satisfactory academic progress.
- Be placed in the custody of the Department of Children and Families through a Care and Protection Petition.
Be under the age of twenty-five (25) at the start of the academic year.
- Have signed a voluntary agreement with the Department of Social Services establishing terms and conditions for receiving such aid.
1 See www.mass.edu/tuitionequity for more details.
2 Pursuant to Section 9 of Chapter 15A, as amended by Section 11 of Chapter 28 of the Acts of 2023.
An eligible institution shall mean a public, private, independent, for-profit or non-profit institution in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the continental United States authorized to offer undergraduate degrees or certificate programs. The institution must be accredited and eligible to participate in the federal Title IV programs.
The Foster Child Grant is a maximum of $6000 per academic year. It is awarded to eligible students enrolled in public, private for-profit or private non-profit institutions for not more than five consecutive years.
How to Apply
To apply for the Foster Child Grant, contact the DHE’s Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070 or your social worker in the Department of Children and Families.
Massachusetts Foster Child Grant Program Procedures and Guidelines