Several states provide tuition assistance programs for foster children. These programs typically involve tuition waivers at in-state public colleges and targeted grants. States that provide financial aid for foster youth include Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
Private scholarships for foster children include:
- Casey Family Programs sponsors scholarships for foster children through Foster Care to Success (FC2S).
- Foster Care To Success (FC2S), formerly known as the Orphan Foundation of America, also offers the Foster Care to Success Scholarships and administers the Education Training Voucher (ETV) program in several states. The ETV program is a federally-funded, state-administered program for foster children established by the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act of 1999.
- The National Foster Parent Association(NFPA) sponsors the NFPA Youth Scholarship.
- The Horatio Alger Association sponsors a scholarship for students who have overcome adversity.
- The Dell Scholars Program provides college scholarships and support services to students who demonstrate financial need and who face or have overcome hardship.
- The Darko Rapotez Memorial College Scholarship Fund for Aged Out Foster Youthis administered by Love Our Children USA.
- The Change a Life Foundation provides a scholarship for foster youth residing in the state of California. (The scholarship is also open to public high school seniors in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange Counties.)
- UMPS Care Charities sponsors the All-Star Scholarship for children adopted at age 10 or older.