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The FosterEd program pays for the total cost of attendance for qualifying students who attend public institutions of higher education within Colorado. This state-funding program pays for the remaining balance of the total cost of attendance after scholarships, grants, and other financial aid awards have been applied. To qualify for this program, students must have been in foster care or in non-certified kinship care in Colorado on or after their 13th birthday. If you believe you are eligible for this program, notify the financial aid office at your institution or contact one of our Foster Care Student Navigators. 

Eligibility Criteria

• Current Colorado resident;

• In foster care from age 13+ in Colorado or in non-certified kinship care from age 13+ in Colorado and was, at any time, adjudicated neglected or dependent pursuant to Article 3 of Title 19;

• Attending a state public institution of higher education, local district college, or area technical college;

• Enrolled in courses leading toward a certificate of completion, associate, bachelor’s, or postgraduate degree and in satisfactory academic standing as defined by the institution of attendance;

•  FosterEd will cover up to 132 semester credit hours or 198 quarter credit hours starting from the time you join this program. Credits earned prior to joining this program will not count towards the credit limit;

• Completed the FAFSA or CASFA; and

• Completed the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) application, if eligible

• Please note, there is no age limit on this program.

Participating Institutions

4-Year Public Institutions

Adams State University

Colorado Mesa University

Colorado School of Mines

Colorado State University

Colorado State University – Pueblo

Fort Lewis College

Metropolitan State University of Denver

University of Colorado - Boulder

University of Colorado – Colorado Springs

University of Colorado - Denver

University of Northern Colorado

Western 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 State College

Pueblo Community College

Red Rocks Community College

Trinidad State Colleges


Local District Colleges

Colorado Mountain College

Aims Community College


Area Technical Colleges

Emily Griffith Technical College

Technical College of the Rockies

Pickens 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.



Foster Care Student Navigator Map

FosterEd Fact Sheet

ETV and FosterEd Glossary of Terms

ETV and FosterEd FAQs

ETV and FosterEd Presentation

Communications Toolkit

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.

Institution Designation Information


Under C.R.S. 23-3.3-140. Each institution is required to designate one employee as a liaison to serve as a direct point of contact with the institution for qualifying students and prospective qualifying students. The liaison may have other duties unrelated to work as the liaison. The liaison shall provide qualifying students and prospective qualifying students with information regarding application assistance, financial assistance, support services, and other resources and assistance available to qualifying students and prospective qualifying students.

Each institution will provide the foster care student navigators described in subsection of this section with the contact information for the liaison. 

Institution Liaison Directory

Institution Liaison Designation Form



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

For questions: