New Jersey Foster Care Scholars Program

New Jersey Foster Care Scholars Program

The New Jersey Foster Care Scholars (NJFC) Program Celebrates More Than Fifteen Years of Success!

Foster and Adoptive Family Services (FAFS), in partnership with the Department of Children and Families (DCF), provides educational assistance through the New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) Scholars Program. Although the program was signed into existence in 2003, its first sizable student population occurred during the fall 2004 semester. Since then, over 320 New Jersey Foster Care Scholars have confirmed the completion of their degree or certificate at accredited colleges, universities, and trade/career schools. Click here for more information on the NJFC Scholars program, including current eligibility criteria.

For more information about the New Jersey Foster Care Scholars Program, please call FAFS at 1.800.222.0047 Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and ask for the Scholarship Department or email Please check our FAQ for answers to common questions regarding NJFC.

Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year are available now.
For any questions regarding the 2017-2018 NJFC application process, please contact the Scholarship Department.
Deadlines: September 1, 2017 for the Fall and Spring Semesters
February 1, 2018 for the Spring Semester
Apply for the NJFC Scholars program or read our FAQ.

Applications for the 2018-2019 academic year will be available in April 2018

Click here to be added to the mailing list for future applications or contact the Scholarship Department at 1.800.222.0047 or

NJFC Scholars Program Information

The NJFC Scholars Program has two sources of funding each with its own eligibility criteria. The student’s case history will determine the source of funding and services the scholarship will pay for.

The New Jersey Foster Care (NJFC) Scholars Program was initially put into place after Governor McGreevey signed the Tuition Waiver Bill in July of 2003: the first source of funding. Through the passing of this legislation eligible foster and homeless youth may receive assistance with tuition and fees (not including room and board) at a public New Jersey college, university, or vocational school.

In addition, assistance for eligible students attending private or out of state institutions is available through the Federal Education and Training Voucher Program: the second source of funding for the NJFC Scholarship Program. Students eligible for this program may receive assistance in the following areas:

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Room and Board
  • Books and Supplies
  • Transportation
  • Computers/Special Equipment
  • Child Care Costs

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