Planning for College

Planning for College

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Foster Youth Educational Planning Guide **



College promises a career, not just a job.

There are many reasons why continuing your education after high school is one of the best things you can do for yourself.

  1. Having a college degree or certificate means you’ll earn more money.
    Today, having a high school diploma is just not enough. The fastest growing job sectors right now all require some college, so education matters now more than ever. College will dramatically increase your career options and how much money you can earn. On average, a person with a:
Two-year associate’s degree earns $6,500 more per year than high school degree
Four-year bachelor’s degree earns $22,000 more per year than high school degree
  • Over the course of a lifetime, on average someone with a college degree will earn $1 million more than someone with a high school diploma!!
  1. For foster youth, attending college qualifies you for Extended Foster Care until age 21.
    In Extended Foster Care you can stay living with relatives or foster parents, live in a transitional housing program or live on your own and get $850 per month to live in a college dorm or rent an apartment.
  1. College expands horizons.
    College can introduce you to a whole world of options that you may have never thought about. In addition to sparking lifelong friendships, a college community broadens your horizons.

It’s never too early or too late to start planning. Explore this website to learn about different colleges and their support programs for foster youth, as well as financial aid, scholarships, housing, applying, registering and more.