Paying for college

Paying for college

ASU and the state of Arizona are committed to helping Arizona’s foster youth meet their educational goals. There are many different types of financial aid (scholarships, grants, federal work-study and federal loans) that are awarded to students with high financial need, as well as generous programs designed specifically for Arizona’s foster youth.

Arizona Foster Youth Programs

The state of Arizona offers two programs to help current and former foster youth that meet certain criteria with college costs. You do not have to repay either of these financial awards.

How to apply

In order to be considered for both Arizona foster youth programs, you must submit the following:

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

ASU’s Federal School Code is 001081. The FAFSA opens Oct. 1 each year and we recommend that students submit by Jan. 1 to be considered for the most need-based financial aid. Students need to submit a new FAFSA each year.

Fill out the FAFSA

The Foster Success Education Services portal online application

The application is for both the Arizona Foster Youth Award and Arizona Education and Training Voucher (ETV). 

Visit the application

Financial Aid Release Form

Print, fill out and submit to ASU's Financial Aid and Scholarship Services office. We will complete our portion and fax the form to Foster Success Education Services.

FA Release Form LINK

Foster Youth Scholarships

There are several scholarships specifically for current and former foster youth. Each one typically has its own application and deadline to apply. You do not have to repay scholarships. Some foster youth specific scholarships include:
Search for additional scholarships through ASU’s Scholarship Search. Some scholarships are awarded based on criteria like, income level, ethnicity, if you are the first to graduate high school or go to college in your family, etc. We encourage you to apply for as many scholarships as you can.
Most scholarships will have their own applications and deadlines. Some scholarships require you to submit the FAFSA.

Student Employment

Many students work to pay educational and living expenses. The skills you obtain from working complement your academic performance and communicate to future employers your ability to succeed in a professional setting. You can search on- and off-campus student jobs here.

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