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Financial Aid Resources

IMG_2266The following is some resources to begin your research on financial aid options for foster youth. For more information, you can contact the WOU Financial Aid Department at finaid@wou.edu

Financial Aid/Scholarships

    • Fostering Collegiate Success Scholarship: Funds are currently being raised to provide academic scholarships to students who have been or currently are in the foster care system. If you know someone who might want to contribute, please send them to www.wou.edu/give
    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA): Application determines eligibility and award of federal grants and loans including Oregon Opportunity Grant. Federal deadline for FAFSA application is June 30, and must be resubmitted each year. Some private scholarships, including OSAC application, may require FAFSA information and have deadlines prior to June 30. https://fafsa.ed.gov/index.htm
    • Fostering a Future Scholarship: Sponsored by Children’s Action Network and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption (DTFA), the Fostering a Future Scholarship is a national scholarship program designed to provide youth who were adopted from foster care at or after the age of 13 with financial assistance in pursuing a college, vocational, or technical education. Contact Children’s Action Network for more information. http://www.childrensactionnetwork.org/contact.htm#
    • Horatio Alger Scholarship: Seeks to assist students who have demonstrated integrity, perseverance in overcoming adversity, strength of character, financial need, a good academic record, commitment to pursue a college education, and a desire to contribute to society. For information about eligibility and requirements, and how to apply go to https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships/about-our-scholarship-programs/
    • International Student Foundation Scholarship: Supports former foster youth and orphans who are interested in pursuing a degree with a 2- or 4-year college. Also provides scholarships for those who are pursuing their Bachelor of Arts, Masters or Ph.D. For more information, including requirements and ideal candidates, visit the NFPA Youth Scholarship page, http://nfpaonline.org/youthscholarship  or to apply directly visit http://isfsite.org/
    • Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC): The OSAC Scholarship Application connects students with hundreds of private scholarships and helps them apply for the scholarships they are eligible for. Must be resubmitted each year, deadline is March 1.   http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/default.aspx
    • The U.S. Commission for Scholastic Assistance: An organization that maintains a list of more than 700 private scholarship sources for two- and four-year colleges, career and vocational schools, graduate institutions, and professional schools. For more information, send a self-addressed, stamped, business-sized envelope to: 

The U.S. Commission for Scholastic Assistance PO Box 668 O’Fallon, IL 62269