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September/October 2015Vol. 16, No. 7Pathways to College for Youth in Foster Care

The John Burton Foundation for Children Without Homes and California College Pathways partnered to produce a report aimed at identifying the specific policies and practices that can help mitigate the barriers that can prevent youth in foster care from achieving their postsecondary education goals. Some of these barriers can include foster youth's lack of academic preparation for college, knowledge of the matriculation process, and access to adequate financial aid; difficulties accessing documentation necessary for enrollment and benefit access; and inadequate access to housing, including during summer breaks.

After analyses of educational and child welfare data, as well as interviews and input from State and national experts and youth in care, the report provides 17 policy recommendations, each falling under one of the following categories:

  • Solutions to lack of academic preparation
  • Solutions to lack of knowledge regarding matriculation
  • Solutions to inadequate financial aid
  • Solutions to documentation access
  • Solutions to inadequate college completion
  • Solutions to inadequate housing
  • Solutions to inadequate data

To learn more and read the detailed policy recommendations, access No Time to Lose: A Policy Agenda to Support College Success for Foster Youth at (2 MB).