Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Welcome to PCC Fostering Success Program resource page! Our program provides a support network to enable students who have experienced foster care to successfully complete career and educational goals. Meeting with our program staff is a great way to learn how Fostering Success can support student success. Contact us for more information.

Below are some resources that every student with experience in foster care should know about, especially if you are having problems paying for school.

Foster Youth Tuition Waiver

This waiver provides free college tuition for former foster youth, with some specific eligibility criteria to qualify. More information about the Foster Youth Tuition Waiver.

The Chafee Education and Training Voucher/Grant (ETV/ETG)

As a current or former foster youth, you may be eligible to receive up to $3,500 per academic year. However, there are specific eligibility criteria you must meet to receive this award. More information about the Chafee Education and Training Voucher/Grant (ETV/ETG).

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Financial Aid

Please be sure to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive other financial assistance. Also, check out Portland Community College's Financial Aid page to keep track of the steps in order to receive financial aid.

Are you confused about your FAFSA? Fostering Success Michigan has a FAFSA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) webpage for students with experience in foster care.

PCC Foundation Scholarships and Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC)

Other ways to receive free money is to apply to the many scholarships from PCC Foundation and the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion (OSAC).

Oregon Promise

As of November 1, students will be able to submit applications for the state's new grant program for community colleges. Students that have been in foster care can still apply and be qualified to assist them in covering any portion of their total Cost of Attendance not covered by Federal, State Grants, or tuition waivers. More information about Oregon Promise.

Child Care Assistance

PCC offers child care subsidy programs and development centers for students. Find resources on each campus.