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Higher Education Support For Foster Youth

Concerning postsecondary education support for certain students who have been in out-of-home placement, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
2022 Regular Session
Children & Domestic Matters
Higher Education
Bill Summary

Colorado Youth Advisory Council Review Committee. The bill requires all public higher education institutions (institutions) in Colorado to waive undergraduate tuition and fees for provide to Colorado resident students who have been in foster care or, following an adjudication as neglected or dependent, in noncertified kinship care in Colorado at any time on or after reaching the age of 13 (qualifying students), financial assistance for the remaining balance of the student's total cost of attendance in excess of the amount of any private, state, or federal financial assistance received by the student (remaining balance financial assistance). The bill requires the general assembly to appropriate money to cover 50 percent of the remaining balance financial assistance provided by institutions to qualifying students. The institutions are required to designate an employee to serve as a liaison to qualifying or prospective qualifying students.The bill requires the department of higher education to establish the foster care student navigator office. The director of the office must divide the state into four regions and assign a regional navigator to each region. The navigators provide guidance to prospective qualifying students with selecting institutions and programs and assist students with completing an institution's application for admission, the free application for federal student aid, and, if eligible, the application for a Chafee ETV grant.

Under existing law, school districts and the state charter school institute must designate an employee to act as the child welfare education liaison. The bill requires child welfare education liaisons to provide students in out-of-home placement with information and assistance regarding the tuition waiver for qualifying students.

The bill appropriates $2,702,512 to the department of higher education for aid for foster students.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)

(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)


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