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Name DSS Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Children
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Award Type Merit-Based Scholarship
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Contact Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance
454 Broadway
Suite 200
Revere, Massachusetts 02151
Phone (617)727-9420

Scholarship Description

The Department of Social Services Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Children is designed to provide financial support for higher education to foster children in state custody who were neither adopted nor returned home. It is believed that these children have few support systems and significant needs. Without the benefit of parental support, foster children, whose lives are filled with numerous obstacles, face the additional challenge of financing their education when they enroll as students in higher education institutions. While foster care children qualify for financial aid, many face the burden of acquiring student loans to meet their educational costs. The DSS Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Children provides a valuable resource for them and will help reduce their educational loan debt.

Who Is Eligible?
To be eligible for a DSS Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Children, a student must:
* Be a current or former foster child who was placed in the custody of the state through a Care and Protection Petition.
* Be twenty-four years of age or under.
* Have been in the custody of the Commonwealth for at least twelve consecutive months.
* Not have been adopted nor returned home.
* Be a United States citizen or eligible non-citizen.
* Maintain full-time enrollment.
* Be in compliance with applicable laws regarding Selective Service Registration.
* Not be in default of any Federal or State loans or owe a refund for any previous financial aid received.
* Not have received a prior bachelor's degree or its equivalent.