College Preparations:

Generally students begin looking at and choosing what colleges and/or universities they would like to attend during their Junior year of high school. Remember that your grades, your GPA, ACT scores, the classes you've taken, the sports you've participated in, clubs/organizations, and the volunteer activities you've been involved with will benefit you when applying for talent-based scholarships. Most scholarships will be due during the fall/winter of your senior year in high school.


Don't know what you want to study or what career you'd like to achieve?

Then check out the College Board website! They have a College and Career planning tool called My Road. While in My Road you can take personality and learning style tests that will provide you with career suggestions that best fit your test results, you can research careers, and even explore majors. This is an awesome tool!


It is never to early to begin thinking about college!

Check out College Board, a website for students. It includes information about how to plan for college, what tests you may need to take to be accepted to specific colleges, college/university search engines, information about how to apply to college, how to pay for college, and more!


When applying for the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) make sure you check both the Federal and State deadlines! Also, apply well enough in advance before funds run out. You may also need to check your college or University FAFSA deadline as well. To check deadlines and apply for FAFSA go to:


Check out these other useful websites about college:

Remember to not get discouraged when searching for ways to pay for college. If you need assistance in locating funding, grants, scholarships, and/or applying to college/university or such funding sources contact your foster care case manager.


College/Tuition funding options:

 ETV (Education Training Voucher) is a program that provides up to $5000 per year to a student in an accredited program such as College, Trade School, or University. ETV covers school related expenses such as tuition and fees, room and board, student loans, books and school supplies, transportation, personal and computer/supplies, miscellaneous personal expenses, health care expenses, and child care. Eligibility requirements are: 

  1.  Youth was in foster care on or after his/her 14th birthday (due to abuse/neglect)
  2. Youth was adopted from foster care on or after his/her 16th birthday (if adopted PRIOR to 16th birthday, the youth is NOT eligible)
  3. Youth has a high school diploma or GED
  4. Youth must be enrolled in the ETV Program prior to his/her 21st birthday
  5. Youth must attend an acredited school at least half time

Contact your local DHS foster care worker to discuss enrollment and/or availabitlity of this funding assistance.


YIT (Youth In Transition Funding) is a funding source available to cover expenses NOT covered by other government or community resources, or to supplement services from other funding sources. YIT funding can assist in covering expenses such as tutoring services, vocational placement, career planning, college resources, GED preparation and testing, educational testing and assessments, educational supports such as books, transportation, assistance in accessing pell grants, student loans, scholarships, and ETV. YIT funding can also be used to cover physical and health services, graduation expenses, drivers education, and housing. To be eligible for YIT funding:

  1. Michigan youths (ages 14-21) who are in active foster care, placed out of their home based on abuse and/or neglect
  2. Michigan youth (ages 18-21) that have been in foster care on or after their 14th birthday, but are no longer under DHS supervision

Contact your local DHS foster care worker to discuss enrollment and/or availabitlity of this funding assistance.


Hey, let's not forget some of your near-by

 college opportunities...



 The University Center at Gaylord Michigan



Kirtland Community College





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