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The FosterEd (formerly Foster Youth) Financial Assistance Program was created by the State of Colorado (SB 22-008) to assist Colorado resident students who have been in the foster care system on or after turning 13. 

This program provides financial assistance for the remaining cost of the student's attendance over the amount of any private, state, or federal financial aid a student receives. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Student was placed in foster care (as defined by 19-1-103 C.R.S.), in Colorado at any time on or after their 13th birthday;

    • or was in non-certified kinship care and was, at any time, adjudicated neglected or dependent pursuant to article 3 of title 19

  • Completed FAFSA/CASFA
  • Attending a state institution of higher education, local district college, or area technical college
  • Is in their first 132 semester credit hours (concurrent and dual enrollment courses will not be counted towards these credit limits)
  • Completed application for Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Grant, if eligible
  • Enrolled in courses leading toward a certificate of completion, associates, bachelor’s, or postgraduate degree
  • Satisfactory academic standing as defined by the institution of attendance
  • There is no age limit on this program


  1. Our CMU Financial Aid Office representative: Brandon Kendall or 970-248-1409 will identify if you are eligible.

  2. Provide CMU with proof of foster care eligibility on a court affidavit or the Confirmation of Foster Care Experience form from the child welfare database.

    • If you do not have these forms, you should contact the county in which you experienced foster care. This may include your caseworker, Chafee worker, or contacting the county’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to request this documentation.
  3. Please allow 3-5 days for fund processing after documentation is received.
For additional questions or guidance, please reach out to one of our Foster Youth Support Contacts:

  • First Time or Newly Admitted Students: if you are interested in Admissions to either CMU or WCCC or are newly admitted and have questions please make an appointment with Stephanie Parsons
  • Continuing CMU and WCCC Students: if you are a current student at CMU or CMU Tech and want to learn more please make an appointment with Justin Little.  
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