Financial Aid for Foster Youth in Illinois

Below, find our Financial Aid Logic Tree, which can help you figure out what programs and aid you qualify for, given your unique circumstances.

With the right information and a little elbow grease, youth who have experienced foster care can often cover all of their costs for a college degree - tuition, fees, room, and board. It’s just a matter of piecing together all the right financial aid. We’ve created the following guide to help you access as much money as possible to further your education.

A few key considerations

  • Are you still in foster care? Are you adopted? At what age were you adopted?

  • Do you plan to stay in Illinois?

  • Will you attend a private school or a public school? A four year school or a community college?

  • Do you plan to attend college full time?

  • Do you plan to live on campus?

    These are the critical questions that will determine how much financial aid you are entitled to. Each situation is different, and policies change more quickly than we can update our website, so be sure to read all the fine print and ask a lot of questions.

    If this is all a little overwhelming, we're here to help! Contact us to make an appointment with a Foster Progress college coach.


Financial Aid for Foster Youth in Illinois