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Educational Supports for Children and Youth


Young Adults Preparing for Post-Secondary Education

Financial Aid Websites

World Wide Web Icon Adventures in Education
Provides information on planning for college, including scholarship and grant information.

World Wide Web Icon FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Allows high school graduates and post-secondary students (and their parents) to complete applications for federal financial aid on line.

The Pittsburgh Promise 
The Pittsburgh Promise provides eligible Pittsburgh Public Schools graduates up to $20,000 in scholarship to attend any accredited post-secondary institution in Pennsylvania. The scholarship amount doubles, to up to $40,000, starting with the graduating class of 2012. (These scholarships are paid over four years of higher education.)

World Wide Web Icon U.S. Department of Education
Provides information on grants and loans available to students.


Preparing for College, University or Trade Schools

Assisting young adults with a diagnosis of intellectual disability in preparing for post-secondary education planning 
Youth with a diagnosis of intellectual disability should be registered with Allegheny County DHS Office of Intellectual Disability (OID) and, in doing so, will receive supports coordination services. One role of the supports coordinator is to assist individuals and families through secondary transition, including identifying appropriate post-secondary education choices. For more information about eligibility, registration, supports coordination and transition, please refer to the OID Fact Sheets.

World Wide Web Icon Directory of Pennsylvania Institutions of Post-Secondary and Higher Education 

FREE Scholarship Searches:

Cappex.com
meritAid.com
pittsburghfoundation.org
whsd.net
fastweb.com
uncf.org 
blackcollegedollars.org
scholarships.com
collegenavigator.gov   

pdf.gif Frequently Asked Questions when preparing for post-secondary education
Provides straight-forward answers to some common questions related to getting a college education. 

World Wide Web Icon Pennsylvania Department of Education College Planning Resources 

World Wide Web Icon The Pittsburgh Promise 
Eligibility requirements:

  • Graduate from the Pittsburgh Public Schools or one of its charter high schools;
  • Be a student in the district and a resident of Pittsburgh continuously since at least the 9th grade;
  • Earn a minimum of a 2.5 GPA;
  • Maintain a minimum attendance record of 90%;
  • Earn admission to any accredited public or private post-secondary school located in Pennsylvania.

The Pittsburgh Promise is a big idea and a concrete commitment to all young women and men who graduate from Pittsburgh Public Schools and who have lived in the City of Pittsburgh. Any student, who maintains an average GPA of at least 2.5 and an attendance record of at least 90%, The Pittsburgh Promise

  • is not need-based—the family’s income does not factor into the decision.
  • is not a competitive process—any student who is eligible receives the scholarship.
  • is not a limited process—siblings of recipients can receive it.
  • extends through up to four years of college. Students only need to maintain a college GPA of at least 2.0 and a fulltime class load.
  • is not a loan—it is a scholarship. It does not need to be paid back.
  • provides up to $20,000 in scholarship to attend any accredited post-secondary institution in Pennsylvania. The scholarship amount doubles, to up to $40,000, starting with the graduating class of 2012. (These scholarships are paid over four years of higher education.)   

Preparing for Life After Foster Care

DHS Independent Living Initiative  

World Wide Web Icon FosterClub's Transition Tool Kit
A tool to help youth develop a plan for life after foster care.

pdf.gif Know Your Rights - A Guide for Youth in Substitute Care
by the Juvenile Law Center and KidsVoice

New World Wide Web Icon pdf.gif Post-secondary Education Resources for Youth in and Transitioning out of the Child Welfare System explains barriers that youth in and transitioning out of the foster care system may face in accessing higher education and provides information on supports and opportunities available to assist these youth in meeting their higher education goals.
Prepared by the Legal Center on Foster Care and Education.


Standardized Testing Websites

World Wide Web Icon ACTStudent
Provides on-line registration for the ACT as well as a wide variety of related information.

World Wide Web Icon Collegeboard
Provides on-line registration for Advanced Placement tests and the SAT as well as a wide variety of related information.

World Wide Web Icon Princeton Review
Provides PSAT and SAT study guides and sample tests to prepare for testing.

 


 

Trainings

Education Transition Planning and Post-Secondary
PowerPoint Education Transition Planning and Post-Secondary
PDF Icon Education Transition Planning and Post-Secondary  

An overview of what post-secondary education means to children in care. The key steps in preparing children for this crucial transition into post-secondary education and out of care are also discussed.

  • Why post-secondary education matters to children in care
  • Laws in relation to transition planning
  • Preparing for post-secondary education
  • Financial and supportive resources to access in transition

Supporting Documents  

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