PA Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver (FosterEd) Program

The FosterEd Program provides a waiver for tuition and mandatory fees charged by most postsecondary institutions located in the Commonwealth for youth who are or were in foster care.
This waiver applies only to charges that remain after all other gift aid (federal, state, and other scholarships or grants) have been applied to the student’s account.

Am I Eligible?

To be considered for a FosterEd waiver, you must:

  • Be a Pennsylvania resident

  • Have not reached the age of 26 by July 1 of the upcoming academic year for which the FosterEd waiver is received

  • Have received a high school diploma or received a Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma

  • Be eligible for services under Pennsylvania's John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood

  • Be identified as a youth who has experienced foster care at age 16 or older or, after attaining 16 years of age, exited foster care to adoption or permanent legal custodianship (PLC)

  • Be enrolled as an undergraduate, at least half time in a postsecondary institution that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV student assistance programs

  • Demonstrate financial need for the PA Chafee Education and Training Grant (as determined by the postsecondary institution)

  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress (as determined by the postsecondary institution)

  • Not be in default on a federal student loan or owe a refund on other Title IV aid

  • Have not received a FosterEd waiver for 5 years (consecutive or not), defined as 10 semesters or the equivalent for undergraduate study

  • File a 2023-24 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®)

Students who intend to transfer to a different institution during the 2023-24 academic year should notify PHEAA via email to FosterEd@pheaa.org or by calling 1-800-692-7392.

 

How Do I Receive the Waiver?

  1. File the FAFSA.

  2. Enroll in a PA postsecondary institution approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV funding.

  3. You must apply for and be eligible for the Chafee Education and Training Grant (Chafee ETG) Program.

  4. Applicants for the 2023-24 FosterEd waiver (including consideration for the 2024 Summer) should submit the 2023-24 Chafee ETG Program Application (PDF) by May 1, 2024.

  5. Mail or fax your completed application to:

    PHEAA
    PA State Grant and Special Programs
    P.O. Box 8157
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157
    Fax: (717) 720-3786

Students who wish to appeal their eligibility determination can do so by emailing FosterEd@pheaa.org.

You can also contact Joe Alaimo, the Director of Student Financial Aid Office for additional information at alaimo.j@gmercyu.edu or (215) 646-7300 ext. 21483.