Private Scholarships & Grants for Foster Youth

Foster Care Scholarships

Foster Care Scholarships & Grants in New Jersey

Foster and Adoptive Family Services (FAFS) offers many scholarships for foster children and children adopted from foster care in NJ. As administrators of the New Jersey Foster Care Scholars Program, FAFS has helped countless young people in foster care, adopted from foster care, and in Kinship Legal Guardianship achieve their dreams of pursuing a post-secondary education.

FAFS also provides privately funded scholarships and grants for New Jersey foster children and children adopted from DCF who are high school seniors. Click here to learn more about our foster youth scholarships and independent living opportunity grants.

Please note that FAFS’ Private Scholarships & Opportunity Grants for Foster Youth and the NJFC Scholars Program are SEPARATE foster care scholarships. In some cases, students may qualify for both programs. If you have questions about foster care scholarships and grants available through FAFS, please call 1.800.222.0047 and ask for the Scholarship Department or send an e-mail to Don’t forget to check out our calendar of events for more information on scholarship outreach events in your community or webinars regarding scholarship.

Resources for Foster Youth In or Applying for College

Click here to download a full list of resources for funding your post-secondary education.

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) – If you are not already a participant in your post-secondary institution’s Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) program you could be missing out on additional support. EOF… “provides financial assistance and support services (e.g. counseling, tutoring, developmental course work) to students from educationally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who attend institutions of higher education in the State of New Jersey.” For schools that participate in the EOF, visit here. For more information about EOF at your specific school please visit their website.

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on the Web – Federal Student Aid Official Site

FAFSA Tip Sheet 2015-2016 – Help for filling out The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA) – “New Jersey authority that provides students and families with the financial and informational resources for students to pursue their education beyond high school.” HESAA administers state aid such as the Tuition Aid Grant (TAG) as well as other scholarship programs.

The Underground Railroad to Success (URS) – offering (2) micro scholarships in the amount of $500 to NY/NJ foster youth who have achieved academic excellence as well as personal success toward independence.

Foster and Adoptive Family Services (FAFS) is not responsible for content, accuracy or opinions on other websites. Inclusion of a linked website on our site does not imply endorsement of the linked website by FAFS.

Help Foster Children and the Families Who Care for Them

Menu Title