Are you a current or former Foster Youth living in Florida? If so, you may be eligible for a tuition exemption (free tuition) and fee waivers to attend TCC or any other state college or university.
Florida Statute §1009.25(2)(c) makes all youth in foster care at age 18, and all youth placed with a relative by a dependency court judge and living there on their 18th birthday, eligible for a tuition exemption and fee waivers to state education programs. In addition, youth who spent at least 6 months in foster care after their 16th birthday and were then placed in guardianship by the court may also qualify for a tuition exemption.
Please contact your Independent Living worker for more information or for assistance with the tuition exemption.
Students attending TCC may also elect to participate in the Fostering Achievement Fellowship (FAF) Program.
The Fellowship program was founded on the premise that a strong, comprehensive support structure made up of adult mentoring, life skills training, financial support, and caring role models can assist foster youth in overcoming the day-to-day obstacles to their success. The goals of the Fostering Achievement Fellowship Program are to:
- Mentor and support foster care youth through completion of a diploma or degree at Tallahassee Community College;
- Increase the transfer rate of foster youth into bachelor degree programs;
- Develop life skills and financial independence among Fellowship recipients.