Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
The Maryland Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients is
available to unaccompanied homeless youth who are enrolled as a
candidate for an associate, bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate
at a Maryland Public institution of higher education.
To be eligible for the Maryland Tuition Waiver for
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth, a youth must:
- Be homeless, including doubled up or couch surfing; in
shelter; staying in a car, park, abandoned building, or public
place; staying at a motel for lack of other alternatives , or living
on the street.
- Not be receiving financial or other support from a parent
or legal guardian, including over breaks
- Have lived in Maryland for at least one year
ACCESSING THE WAIVER
To access the waiver, youth must:
Youth who receive the waiver are exempt from paying tuition and
mandatory fees at a public college or university in Maryland. The
tuition waiver only applies to tuition and fees that are required for
registration or as a condition of enrollment. Tuition does not include
room, board, books, and transportation. If a foster care recipient
receives a scholarship or grant, the scholarship or grant may not be
applied to the tuition for the foster care recipient, but may be applied
to non-tuition costs.
RENEWING AN AWARD
Youth must file the FAFSA each year to receive the waiver for
up to an additional four years or until your Bachelor’s degree is
awarded, whichever occurs first.
Youth continue to be exempt from paying tuition and fees until five
years after first enrolling as a candidate for an associate, bachelors,
or a vocational certificate at a Maryland public institution of higher
education. Non-credit courses taken to earn a vocational certificate
also qualify for tuition waiver.
Students are eligible to receive the Unaccompanied Homeless Youth
Tuition Waiver for the following semesters: