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Foster youth waiver

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This waiver provides free college tuition for former foster youth. Here is how to use the waiver at PCC.

Who is eligible?

To use the tuition waiver, you must:

  • Have been in the care and custody of Oregon DHS or Tribal Child Welfare for at least 180 days after the age of 14
  • Have exited foster care on or after your 16th birthday
  • Complete your financial aid application
  • Begin accessing the waiver by the age of 25

What does the waiver cover?

The waiver will pay any tuition that is not covered by state, federal or college grants. You can use the waiver for the equivalent of 4 years of undergraduate studies. More information is available through the Oregon Foster Youth Connection.

How to apply:

  1. Get admitted

    If you haven't taken a class at PCC in the last two years, then apply for admission.

  2. Apply for financial aid

    The waiver will pay any of your tuition that is not covered by state, federal or college grants.

  3. Apply for waiver

    Complete the waiver application below.

  4. Register for classes and pay fees

    Register for classes using MyPCC. See the registration website for details. Pay your fees using PCC-Pay, which is located on the Paying for College tab in MyPCC.

All fields must be completed for successful submission.

Foster youth tuition waiver application
Have you applied for financial aid? If not, follow the instructions to Apply for financial aid before submitting this form.