Thinking About College?

Choosing your education and career path can be overwhelming.  There is so much information to consider and you may not know where to start.  Knowing what options are out there can help you make the decision that is right for you.  These sites offer resources that can guide you in the right direction.

College Boards provide information about the SAT, ACT, AP courses, and resources for college preparation.

CollegeView provides a helpful search engine to locate schools in the state of your choice.   

Preparation for college can help you get started off on the right foot.  Depending upon what type of school you are interested in attending, you must take either the SAT, ACT, or GRE before applying.  Free test preparation is available at these websites:

Number2.com
Union Test Prep  
Chegg Test Prep

The Cost of College is one of many things to consider when planning your education.  Visit Savingforcollege.com and Indiana College Costs Estimater to help you estimate and plan for the cost of college.   

Scholarships are available for current and former foster children who plan to attend college.  The target population, available funds and participating schools vary with each scholarship. 

Nina Mason Pulliam Legacy Scholars Program –IUPUI and Ivy Tech Indianapolis

Guardian Scholars Program - Ball State scholarship for current and former foster youth.

21st Century Scholars Indiana students receive up to four years of undergraduate tuition at any participating public college or university in Indiana.

Other Scholarships are available for a variety of populations and do not specifically require the applicant to be a current or former foster child.  These scholarship search engines FastWeb and www.scholarships.com can help locate further scholarship information. 

Grants are also available for eligible students.  Grants are a source of funding for postsecondary education that do not have to be paid back.  Check out the U.S. Department of Education Federal Student Aid site to determine which grants you may be eligible for. 

The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) offers funds to current and former foster youth to enable them to attend colleges, universities and vocational training institutions. Students may receive up to $5,000 each academic year until their 23rd birthday.  The funds may be used for tuition, books or qualified living expenses. These funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to students out of the Indiana foster care system.

Financial Aid is also available to qualifying applicants who need assistance paying for higher education.  To apply please click the link below.  Application deadline is March 10th each academic year.

FAFSA Free Application for Federal Student Aid

Note: For those youth that were in foster care, a ward of the court, or obtained legal guardianship at age 13 years or older they will be considered as an “independent student” if they answer yes to this question on the FAFSA.

State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana provides information regarding state financial aid programs for Indiana students.