Foster Youth Financial Assistance Program



Higher Education Support For Foster Youth (SB 22-008) requires that all public higher education institutions provide Colorado resident students who have been in foster care in Colorado at any time on or after reaching the age of 13, with financial assistance for the remaining balance of the student's total cost of attendance over the amount of any private, state, or federal financial assistance received by the student. These costs are split, with 50% of the cost being covered by the institution and 50% will be covered by the state.

Eligibility Criteria
  • Placed in foster care (defined in 19-1-103, C.R.S.) in Colorado at any time on or after the student’s 13th birthday; or was in noncertified kinship care (defined in 19-1-103, C.R.S.) at anytime on or after the student’s thirteenth birthday and was, at any time, adjudicated neglected or dependent pursuant to article 3 of title 19
  • Attending at a state institution of higher education, local district college, or area technical college
  • In their first 132 semester credit hours or 198 quarter credit hours
  • Completed FAFSA/CASFA
  • Completed application for Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Grant if eligible
  • Enrolled in courses leading toward a certificate of completion, associates, bachelor’s, or postgraduate degree
  • Satisfactory academic standing as defined by the institution of attendance
  • Note, there is no age limit on this program
Participating Institutions

Institutions of Higher Education 

Adams State University

Colorado Mesa University

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado State University

Colorado State University – Pueblo

Fort Lewis College

Metropolitan State University

University of Colorado

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

University of Colorado - Denver

University of Northern Colorado

Western State Colorado University


Colorado Community College System

Arapahoe Community College

Colorado Northwestern Community College

Community College of Aurora

Community College of Denver

Front Range Community College

Lamar Community College

Morgan Community College

Northeastern Junior College

Otero College

Pikes Peak Community College

Pueblo Community College

Red Rocks Community College

Trinidad State


Lower Division Collegiate

Colorado Mountain College

Aims Community College


Advance Tertiary College

Emily Griffith Technical College

Technical College of the Rockies

Pickins Technical College

Cost of Attendance

What costs does this program cover?

§This program covers the full cost of attendance at eligible Colorado institutions. The full cost of attendance varies from institution to institution but will cover full tuition, fees, reasonable living expenses (on and off campus), books, and other expenses. Examples of costs covered may include supplies, housing, food, local transportation, limited personal expenses, childcare where relevant, a computer allowance and medical insurance. Please reach out to your institution’s financial aid office for more information.


Fact Sheet

To access the program fact sheet, click here.

To Apply

Students need to contact their institution of choice’s financial aid office directly.

Students must provide proof of foster care eligibility on a court affidavit or the Confirmation of Foster Care Experience form from the child welfare database. If a student does not have one of those forms, they should contact the County in which they experienced foster care. This may include their caseworker, Chafee worker, or contacting the county’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to request this documentation.

You can find your Colorado county’s DHS contact information here.


Please reach out to your foster care navigator for guidance on filing out the application.

For questions, students, please contact to get connected to your foster care navigator.

For questions, IHE financial aid directors, please contact