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California Looks to Expand Financial Aid Access for Foster Youth [chronicleofsocialchange.org]

 

A California legislator is looking to amend the state’s college aid program for foster youth so it covers more students and loses fewer of them to academic problems.

The Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) is a federal-state match program that provides up to $5,000 per year to current or former foster youth to help with the costs of college. Introduced by State Sen. Jim Beall (D), Senate Bill 150 would shift the way ETV grant payments are distributed and set unique ground rules for foster youth around academic eligibility.

“For foster youth, losing financial aid is a one-punch knockout that can impact housing stability as well as educational progress,” former foster youth Ashley Stone wrote last year in The Chronicle of Social Change.

[For more on this story by Sara Tiano, go to https://chronicleofsocialchang...r-foster-youth/33595]

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