The measure will go into effect on January 1, 2018 and will increase access to the federal Pell Grant, which provides a maximum of $5,920 to students enrolled full-time.
SB 12 will increase access to the Pell Grant for foster youth by enacting three measures:
(1) Identifying an individual to assist the youth in their application to college and financial aid;
(2) Streamlining the financial aid verification process;
(3)Authorizing up to 20 community college districts to implement the Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Education Support (CAFYES) program, which provides hands-on assistance to youth.
Over 130 agencies, including SOH, advocated for the passage of Senate Bill 12. We also thank you for your advocacy on Senate Bill 12.