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Author(s):Institute for Higher Education Policy
Title:Higher education opportunities for foster youth: A primer for policymakers
Short Description:Focuses on the educational attainment of foster youth who aged-out of foster care at age 18 or who have spent at least one year in foster care after age 13.
Annotation:This report focuses on foster youth who aged-out of foster care at age 18 or who have spent at least one year in foster care after age 13. At any time, there are approximately 300,000 of these foster youth between the ages of 18 and 25, the prime college-going years. About 150,000 of these foster youth have graduated from high school and are college qualified. Of these college-qualified foster youth about 30,000 are attending postsecondary education. The rate at which foster youth complete high school (50 percent) is significantly below the rate at which their peers complete high school (70 percent). Also, the rate at which college-qualified foster youth attend postsecondary education (20 percent) is substantially below the rate at which their peers attend (60 percent).
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College Access
Foster Youth
Non-traditional Students

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