Hopes & Hurdles: California Foster Youth and College Financial Aid

Hopes & Hurdles: California Foster Youth and College Financial Aid
October 1, 2009 Stuart Foundation

For low-income youth, financial aid is critical to college access and success, but finding out about it at the right time and taking full advantage of it can be particularly challenging.  These challenges are even greater for foster youth and former foster youth.

This report examines why former foster youth in California do not receive all of the aid they are likely eligible for, from inadequate or poorly targeted information about college costs and financial aid to structural obstacles within the aid process and programs.  While many of this report’s findings and recommendations are specific to foster youth, some apply to low-income, first-generation college-going, and underrepresented students generally.