Financial Aid for Foster Youth in Illinois

Tuition and Fee Waivers


On January 1, 2019 a new law was implemented which says that youth from foster care in Illinois can receive a tuition and fee waiver (that means it’s free!) if they go to a public, in-state college or university. You must be either still in foster care, or have an adoption or guardianship subsidy. The colleges are responsible by law to waive your tuition, and they may have different requirements for how you access the waiver. Be sure to fill out DCFS’s form here to get access to the waiver: TUITION AND FEE WAIVER FORM