Students in Foster Care
Youth who are in foster care who enroll in an associate's or bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate program at a Maryland public institution of higher education are eligible for the Maryland Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients. This waiver will cover the cost of any tuition and mandatory fees incurred at a Maryland public institution of higher education.
To be eligible for the Maryland Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients program,
a youth must have:
Been placed in an out-of-home placement by an out-of-state agency OR
Been placed in an out-of-home placement by the Maryland Department of Human Resources and
Resided in an out-of-home placement in Maryland at the time of his or her 18th birthday; or
Resided in an out-of-home placement on his or her 13th birthday, and been placed into guardianship or adopted out of an out-of-home placement after his or her 13th birthday; or
Be the younger sibling of a child who meets the qualifications outlined in either 1 or 2 above and have been placed into guardianship or adopted concurrently out of an out-of-home placement by the same guardianship or adoptive family OR
Resided in an out-of-care placement in the state of Maryland for at least one year on or after his or her 13th birthday and then returned to live with the his or her parents after the out-of-home placement ended.
If you are undocumented, do not let your immigration status deter you from applying to college. There are no state or federal laws that require proof of citizenship to attend US colleges. Additionally, The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of every student’s educational records. This means you can be honest with colleges about your immigration status because they are legally required to keep this information private.
Learn more by visiting the website
for each agency listed below:
Federal Student Aid, US Department of Education – Questions and Answers: Financial Aid and Undocumented Students
Federal Student Aid, US Department of Education – Questions and Answers: Financial Aid and Undocumented Students (Spanish)
Educators 4 Fair Consideration – New American Scholars Program
US Citizenship and Immigration Services – Information about qualifying for DACA