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Financial Aid Resources for Department of Children and Families (DCF) Students

This lesson will provide a detailed overview of how the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) supports hundreds of foster youth attending college each year. Learn about resources available to foster youth, how they file the FAFSA as an independent student, how they can get assistance with their FAFSA from DCF, and what scholarships and grants are available specifically for these students.

Lesson Objectives

After completing this lesson, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the wide range of resources available to DCF students
  • Use these resources when speaking with DCF students
  • Prioritize the best path to ensure students maximize scholarship and grant opportunities

Lesson Deliverables

To complete this lesson, participants will:

  • Attend the live Financial Aid Resources for DCF Students webinar, presented by Kristen Quinlan of DCF, on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 2:00 PM.
    Register here
  • Download a copy of the Financial Aid Resources for DCF Students webinar slides (coming soon)
  • Read the MEFA blog post, Foster Youth and the Pursuit of Higher Education

Complete the MEFA Institute Evidence of Learning Form to earn 1 PDP for this lesson.

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