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From the ECS State Policy Database
Postsecondary Students--Foster Youth


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State Status/Date Level Summary
ILTo governor 06/2014Postsec.Department of Children and Family Services Scholarships
H.B. 4652
Amends provisions concerning scholarships and fee waivers to direct the department of children and family services to annually select a minimum of 53 students (at least 4 of whom must be children of veterans) to receive postsecondary scholarships and fee waive...

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MDSigned into law 05/2014Postsec.Tuition Exemption for Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
H.B. 482
Expands eligibility for tuition and mandatory fee waivers for Maryland public institutions of higher education to include unaccompanied homeless youth, and defines unaccompanied homeless youth. Requires these youth to meet the same conditions as foster care re...

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NMSigned into law 03/2014Postsec.Foster Care System Tuition Waiver
S.B. 206
Provides for waiver of tuition and fees at public postsecondary educational institutions for students who have been in the state foster care system or in the legal custody of an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo, or Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Requires that s...

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MDAdopted 11/2013Postsec.Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Youth
COMAR 07.02.11.12
Updates the list of foster care youth eligible for a tuition waiver to higher education institution to include the following: youth in guardianship placement or youth who are adopted by a guardianship family, and youth enrolled in a vocational certificate prog...

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AZSigned into law 06/2013Postsec.Foster Care Tuition Waiver
S.B. 1208
Directs the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) and each community college district to develop a five-year pilot program to provide those in foster care with a tuition waiver scholarship. Stipulates age, income, residency, and enrollment requirements.
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FLSigned into law 06/2013P-12
Postsec.
Supports for Current and Former Foster Youth
S.B. 1036
Repeals prior language on transition procedures for a foster child upon attaining the age of 17. Requires a transition plan to be developed during the 180-day period after a foster child turns 17. Requires the plan to address specific options for the child to ...

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ORSigned into law 05/2013Postsec.Higher Education for Former Foster Children
H.B. 2095
Expands age eligibility in existing law that waives tuition and fees to youth being in a foster home for at least 6 months and entering foster care at least age 14 and not dismissed from care until reaching 16 and also now incorporates American Indian children...

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ILSigned into law 07/2012Postsec.Foster Youth Scholarships
S.B. 2818
Amends provisions regarding scholarships for foster youth. Former language limited scholarship eligibility to children under care, or children formerly under care who have been adopted or in the subsidized guardianship program. New language replaces references...

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WASigned into law 03/2012P-12Educational Success for Youth and Alumni of Foster Care Act.
H.B. 2254
Establishes the educational success for youth and alumni of foster care act. Includes in the purpose of the passport to college promise program to improve high school graduation outcomes for foster youth.
Adds or replaces requirements for the department of soc...

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CASigned into law 10/2011Postsec.Priority Enrollment for Foster Youth
A.B. 194
From bill summary: Until January 1, 2017, requires the California State University and each community college district, and requests the University of California, with respect to each campus in their respective jurisdictions that administers a priority enrollm...

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ORSigned into law 07/2011Postsec.Foster Children
H.B. 3471
Requires state institutions of higher education, community colleges and Oregon Health and Science University to waive tuition and fees for current or former foster children under the age of 25. Provides that students are eligible to receive awards for equivale...

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TXSigned into law 06/2011Postsec.Housing Between Terms for Former Foster Youth
H.B. 452
Directs each institution of higher education to assist full-time postsecondary students who have been under the conservatorship of the department of family and protective services in locating temporary housing between academic terms, including summer session. ...

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VTSigned into law 05/2011P-12
Postsec.
Special Needs
S.B. 100 - Disabilities Sections
Requires schools and local districts coordinate educational services to children and adolescents with a severe emotional disturbance with the department of mental health, the department for children and families, the department of disabilities, aging, and inde...

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MDSigned into law 04/2011Postsec.Alters Age Foster Care Recipients are Exempt from Specified Tuition
H.B. 1208
Alters from 21 to 25 the age before which foster care recipients must be enrolled at public institutions of higher education to be exempt from paying specified tuition. Also alters from 21 to 25 the age before which foster care recipients must be enrolled as c...

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RISigned into law 06/2010P-12Education of Youth in Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems
H.R. 8109, S.R. 2872
Creates the Task Force on the Education of Children and Youth in the Care of the Department of Children, Youth, and Families. Directs the task force to make recommendations for:
     (1) Identifying challenges to ensuring the educational stability and success ...

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DESigned into law 05/2010Postsec.SEED Scholarship
S.B. 41
Allows children who are leaving foster care to have access to the SEED scholarship, without the condition that they begin their higher education immediately after high school. Allows them to attend school part-time. These exceptions are necessary because child...

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CASigned into law 10/2009Postsec.
Community College
Postsecondary Housing for Foster Youth
A.B. 1393
Requests community college campuses, and requires California State University and University of California campuses that maintain student housing facilities open for occupation during school breaks, or on a year-round basis, to give first priority to current a...

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CASigned into law 10/2009Postsec.In-State Tuition for Certain Wards of the State
A.B. 669
Allows an exception to the uniform residency requirements for a student 19 years of age or under at the time of enrollment in postsecondary education, who resides in the state and is a dependent or ward of the state through the child welfare system, or was ser...

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TXSigned into law 06/2009P-12
Postsec.
Foster Care Students
S.B. 2248
Directs the state education agency to assist the transition of foster care students from one school to another by specified means, including ensuring expedient transfer of student records; developing transition programs to assist a foster care student in his/h...

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INSigned into law 05/2009P-12
Postsec.
Foster Care
H.B. 1681
Relates to educational assistance for foster care youth; requires the state student scholarship commission to annually report to the legislative council concerning data on the individuals who received certain assistance; establishes eligibility requirements fo...

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HISigned into law 06/2008Postsec.
Community College
Higher Education Board Allowances for Former Foster Youth
H.B. 1356
(Governor's Package Bill) Expands the definition of former foster youth; clarifies provisions relating to Higher Education Board Allowances for former foster youth; increases the age limit and revises eligibility criteria for such allowances; provides a durati...

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NHSigned into law 07/2007Postsec.Tuition Waivers for Foster Children
S.B. 168
Establishes tuition waivers for foster children at any public postsecondary institution.
http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2007/SB0168.html...

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MDSigned into law 05/2007Postsec.
Community College
Tuition Waivers for Foster Care Recipients
H.B. 1309
Clarifies the definition of a foster care recipient; provides that specified foster youth placed by the Department of Human Resources in out-of-home placements other than foster care homes may be eligible for waiver of tuition and fees at specified institution...

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INSigned into law 05/2007P-12
Postsec.
Eligibility for 21st Century Scholars Program
H.B. 1266
Provides that a student who is in foster care or placed in the home of a relative or other unlicensed caretaker may enroll in the 21st Century Scholars program at any time before the student graduates from high school, is not required to be eligible for free o...

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WASigned into law 04/2007P-12
Postsec.
Passport to College Promise Program Pilot
H.B. 1131
Declares an intent to create the passport to college promise pilot program that will have two primary components, as follows: (1) Significantly increasing outreach to foster care youth between the ages of fifteen and eighteen regarding the higher education opp...

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LASigned into law 06/2006Postsec.Tuition Waivers for Former Foster Children
H.B. 1287
Provides tuition and fee exemptions at public postsecondary education institutions for persons previously in the state's foster care program. http://www.legis.state.la.us/billdata/streamdocument.asp?did=406264...

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TNSigned into law 05/2006Postsec.Tuition Grants for Foster Children
H.B. 2809; S.B. 2587
Concerns Lottery, Scholarships and Programs; permits students receiving Tennessee HOPE foster child tuition grants to attend eligible private, as well as public, postsecondary institutions.
http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/HB2809.pdf...

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KSSigned into law 04/2006P-12
Postsec.
Tuition Waivers for Foster Children
S.B. 85 Section 1-10
Establishes the Kansas Foster Child Educational Assistance Act. Provides that the purpose of the act is to establish an educational assistance program under which eligible foster children receive tuition waivers to any area vocational school, area vocational-...

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WASigned into law 03/2006P-12
Postsec.
Post-School Support for Foster Youth
H.B. 2002
Provides that, beginning in 2006, the department shall have the authority to allow up to 50 youth reaching age 18 to continue in foster care or group care as needed to participate in or complete a post-high school academic or vocational program, and to receive...

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