Getting a good education can lead to a more secure future. As a young person, it is important to get all the information you can about how to make sure your educational experience is the best it can be, at every level. Having the right information is key to succeeding now and preparing for the next level.
The ACS Office of Education Support and Policy Planning (OESPP) can help you:
These services are available to all youth receiving ACS services. Ask your social worker to schedule an advisement appointment or contact OESPP.
Foster Parents can download the Foster Parent's Guide to education.
The ACS Office of Education Support and Policy Planning (OESPP), helps middle school youth in foster care prepare for high school. OESPP offers:
Contact OESPP to schedule an appointment.
Student sponsorship programs (SSP) can help you:
Learn more about middle school programs at the Department of Education website
High School is a great time to begin seriously working on skills such as time management, building relationships and planning a career.
For more information on of these topics, talk to your agency education liaison or contact OESPP.
Once you decide to go to college, paying for it can be a challenge. Help is available through federal, state and city agencies as well as through support from private and not-for-profit organizations.
Federal Pell Grants are usually awarded only to undergraduate students. The amount of aid you can receive depends on your financial need, the cost of attendance at your school, and more.
Learn more about federal student aid as well as other financial aid sources
The New York State Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) helps eligible New York residents pay tuition at approved schools in New York State. TAP is an annual grant of up to $5,165, which does not have to be paid back. Learn more about TAP
Education Training Vouchers (ETV) is a federally funded program administered by each state. Youth receiving ACS services up to age 23 attending college or a certified training program can receive ETV.
Go to ETV New York for more information.
Not sure about going to college? Vocational training and can help you get the job you are looking for. Training is available from many institutions, but be sure to get all the information and talk to your caseworker before committing to a program.