For Children in Foster Care, in Out-of-Home Care, or Who Are Homeless

 

Step Up For Students has special guidelines for children in foster care, in out-of-home care and who are homeless that are intended to make it easier for them to qualify.

If you are interested in the income-based scholarship for the 2015-16 school year, please click here to sign up for the interest list.

 

Children who are in Foster Care or Out-of-Home Care

Age requirements:

  • A child who is in foster care or out-of-home care and entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept. 1.

  • A child who is in foster care or out-of-home care and entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept. 1.

 

Income guidelines:

  • There is no income requirement for a child who is in foster care or out-of-home placement who meets the below definition of a child in foster care.

Document requirements:

If a child is in foster care, a copy of the foster care placement paperwork must be provided. If a child is in out-of home care placement, a copy of the court order signed by the judge must be provided.

If a child is in foster care or out-of-home care and is in a group home, the Administrator or Director should complete the application for the student and submit the required paperwork. Please gather birth certificates for students entering kindergarten or first grade.

A child who is in out-of-home care placement is defined by the following:

  • “Out-of-Home Care” means the placement of a child in licensed and non-licensed settings, arranged and supervised by the department or contracted service provider, outside of the home of the parent. As defined by DCF Rule: 65C-30.001 Definitions. (91)

  • “Out-of-home” means a placement outside of the home of the parents or a parent. As defined by s. 39.01(48)

Other Information:

  • A child who is in foster care or out-of-home care may apply for a scholarship year-round.

  • A child who is foster care or out-of-home care, who receives a scholarship, may maintain the scholarship until he/she graduates high school or reaches the age of 21, whichever comes first.

Children Who Are Homeless

Age requirements:

  • A child who is homeless and is entering kindergarten must be 5 on or before Sept. 1.

  • A child who is homeless and is entering first grade must be 6 on or before Sept. 1.

Income guidelines:

  • There is no income threshold for children who are homeless, and they are not required to provide any income information.

  • Required documents: The family must provide documentation to validate the child’s homeless status. Acceptable documentation includes: A letter/document on letterhead written and signed by the homeless liaison in the public school district to which the child is assigned or by the Owner/Executive Director of the shelter or transitional housing facility of which the family resides.

  • Acceptable documentation must include:

    • Child’s name
    • Effective date(s)
    • Signature of the local educational liaison or the director of the homeless shelter.

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