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school_goingtocollege_thmbCollege can be affordable if you know what resources are out there to help you pay for it. Virginia youth in foster care have access to a number of financial aid resources to help make college or career training a reality.

Education and Training Vouchers program

The Education and Training Vouchers Program (ETV) assists eligible foster care and adopted youth with post-secondary education and training expenses. It is designed to help youth aging out of foster care with the education, training and services needed for employment. Apply here.

Virginia Tuition Grant Program

The Tuition Grant Program provides tuition and fees at any Virginia Community College for youth who graduated from high school or completed their general education development (GED) and who:

  • Were in foster care when turning age 18;
  • Are in the custody of DSS; or
  • Are considered a special needs adoption.

Assistance is based on financial need. More information is available here.

GRASP Scholarships

The Great Aspirations Scholarship Program (GRASP) is a nonprofit charitable organization funded by school systems, foundations, businesses and individual donors that assists students and families obtaining funding for post secondary education. Their goal is to ensure that every student has an equal opportunity for continuing education after high school, regardless of financial or social circumstances. GRASP has advisors in every area high school in Hanover, Henrico, Chesterfield, Petersburg, New Kent, Hopewell, Powhatan, Charles City and most of Richmond City. Appointments are free and are available one day a week by appointment only. Please go to for more information.

Fostering a Future Scholarship

Children’s Action Network and the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption have partnered to create a national scholarship program, Fostering a Future to benefit youth adopted from foster care.┬áTo download an application, please visit Children’s Action Network.

Casey Family Scholars Program

The Foster Care to Success – Casey Family Scholars Program offers 100 scholarships annually, ranging from $2,500 to $6,000, for young people under the age of 25 who have spent at least 12 months in foster care and were not adopted. Apply for this program through Foster Care to Success.


A major initiative of The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education
Virginia's Community Colleges
Funded in part by the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation