University of Pennsylvania
Campus Programming Director for Foster Youth
The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research is committed to increasing higher education access and success for youth who have experienced foster care. Often, students in the foster care system are not encouraged to pursue a post-secondary degree and, for those that do attend college, there is limited information available about campus resources and supports that would be beneficial. This directory was created to provide students with experience in foster care with information about campus programs and services that can be particularly helpful in supporting their success, from application through graduation.
Although Pennsylvania has limited distinct campus-based support programs for students with experience in foster care, a number of formal and informal supports exist on college campuses that students may find useful. Many campus-based programs support specific populations which may also include students with experience in foster care, such as first-generation college students, students of color, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, or students meeting other academic criteria. Additional support, such as emergency financial assistance or resources for housing and food insecurity, may also be available by speaking with various departments at the institution.
How to use this Directory
This directory provides information on institutional supports and programs that can assist students with experience in foster care in selecting prospective colleges that may be a good fit for them. It is intended to supplement existing college directories and other available information. Used alongside traditional college-search resources, this directory will inform students with experience in foster care seeking to pursue higher education in Pennsylvania about beneficial campus programs and services.
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