A tuition waiver is a program initiated by states that allows students to attend publicly funded higher education institutions by "waiving" tuition and fees under certain criteria. Several states have passed this legislation allowing foster youth to attend college for a significantly reduced rate.
The process to access these funds and eligibility requirements vary significantly from state to state. Some programs allow a youth to attend a school in any state, while others allow attendance only at select in-state public institutions. Some programs have citizenship requirements and some limit the terms and ages of students that they will fund.
At last count, 16 states have implemented these programs and several more states have legislation pending. Recently funding issues have arisen in several states however, and NCWRCYD is currently working to update this information to determine the current status in the states.