Tuition Waiver for Foster Children

Tuition Waiver for Foster Children

The University System of New Hampshire and The Community College System of New Hampshire are partnering with the New Hampshire Division of Children, Youth and Families to provide tuition waivers to eligible students, enabling them to obtain a program certificate, associate degree, or bachelor degree through either of these institutions of higher education. Each system will provide a maximum of 10 tuition/fee waivers to eligible students each year.

Students are required to apply for this assistance annually.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant must be less than 23 years of age as of May 1st in the year that they are applying for a waiver, and qualify within one of the following categories:

a) In state foster care for the immediate 6-month period prior to the youth’s 18th birthday

b) In state guardianship or custody at the time of the youth’s 18th birthday

c) Youth adopted while in state guardianship or adopted from the care, custody, and control of the department following a surrender of parental rights

d) In an out-of-home placement under the supervision of the division for juvenile justice services at the time of the youth’s 17th birthday

Additional information about this program and answers to frequently asked questions are located at

The University System of New Hampshire and the Community College System of New Hampshire will each grant 10 awards annually through this program. Applicants are encouraged to apply to colleges within both institutions to increase the likelihood of being selected for this tuition assistance.

Tuition Waiver Application

Frequently Asked Questions


Robert Rodler, Adolescent Program Specialist
Division for Children, Youth and Families, John H. Sununu Youth Services Center
1056 North River Road
Manchester, NH 03104 - Phone: (603) 419-0312

Teri Laflamme
College Access Programs Coordinator
Phone: (603) 230-3531
Fax: (603) 271-2725

University System of NH