Public and Community Programs to Help You Succeed in College
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) allows youth who are discharged from foster care to remain on Medicaid (free, public health insurance) until age 26, regardless of income or resources.
The Back-to-School Package Programs provides college-enrolled youth in foster care with the tools needed to succeed in college. Youth receive $2,500 in supplies throughout their studies, including a laptop computer, printer, software, backpack, bed linens, toiletries, school supplies, and more.
In partnership with New Yorkers for Children and the NYC Administration for Children’s Services, four CUNY schools have the Guardian Scholars program. Hostos, Hunter, John Jay, and Kingsborough provide foster students with stipends, one-on-one advisement, and coordinated access to campus and community resources.
iFoster is a national, non-profit organization that can help you get low-cost or no-cost services and resources. Sign up for a free iFoster membership and start getting personalized recommendations for resources that can help you succeed in college.
The Spirit Award is a $10,000 scholarship for one young person with a history in foster care in NYC who is succeeding at any 2- or 4-year college. The recipient will be a young person with outstanding leadership skills, a commitment to the community, and the determination and ability to succeed in college.
NYC College Line can help connect you to the resources and services that can help you not only get into college, but also help you thrive once you’re there. You can search for programs, information, and resources and filter your search based on your individual needs.
Represent Magazine is one of the premiere venues for youth in care to share their stories with other youth in care. Written by youth in care for youth in care, this magazine provides insight into the challenges and triumphs of youth in or aging out of the foster care system. Represent is published by Youth Communication, a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the social, emotional, and literacy skills of youth in care.
Written by youth with a history in foster care, you can find stories from people who also faced the triumphs and challenges of foster care. This website should be one of your first stops to learn about resources are available in the city and the community to help you with issues ranging from education and immigration to housing and health.