Foster Youth Grants


COTC and the state of Ohio are committed to supporting students who are in or have exited the foster youth care system. Grants and programs exist to help with college expenses for foster youth with demonstrated financial need. 

Short-term Certificate Foster Youth Grants

This Ohio Department of Higher Education grant is designed to support students who are currently in or have existed the foster care system and have demonstrated financial need in obtaining a certificate they can complete in less than one year while providing a one-time grant of up to $2000 (minus any grants, scholarship or outside aid) to assist with tuition in one of five approved short-term certificates. This is a limited fund that will be awarded until funds are exhausted. To be considered, students must submit and satisfy the requirements on the Short-term Certificate Foster Youth Grant Application.


Education Training Vouchers for Foster Youth

The Ohio Education and Training Voucher Program offers funds to help youth who were in foster care to attend college. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students. Additional information and application is available at

Ohio Reach Scholarship

Students who were in foster care any time after their 13th birthday and are currently enrolled in higher education may be eligible to receive $1,000 per semester twice a year through an Ohio Reach Scholarship. A brief application must be completed.