Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), for 2019-2020, opens 10/1/2018!!! 

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid for the 2019-2020 academic calendar opens October 1st, 2018. You can apply online, and will need some information to complete the application. You will need your tax information for 2017, and may be able to have this electronically transferred from the IRS, which will save you some time and effort. Please see the video to the right for a general overview of the process.

Here are some useful links for more information about the FAFSA, financial aid in general, and preparing for college:

FAFSA Application

Federal Student Aid

College Preparation Checklist

Education Training Voucher (ETV) Program Application Date is 7/1/18!!

If you emancipated from foster care, were adopted after the age of 16, or were in foster care after your 18th birthday, then you probably qualify for funding through the Educational Training Voucher (ETV) Program. The start date to apply for funding for the 2018-19 academic year starts July 1st, 2018. Please see the link below for more information and the application to apply for funding. You will want to apply as soon as possible so that you have a better chance of having funding in place when you start school this fall. If you are planning on attending classes this summer, you may qualify for funding if they still have money available. The second link will take you to Foster Care to Success’s main page where you can also find other resources, including scholarship opportunities.



Have Fun While Making an Impact in Your Community: Metro Youth Alliance

If you are looking for a fun activity to share with other youth, while making a positive impact in your community, please consider attending a Metro Youth Alliance event. You will be able to develop your leadership skills and participating would look great on resumes and applications.

A youth advisory board (YAB) is a place where you can voice your opinion and make change happen!  Metro Youth Alliance is a YAB made up of former and current foster care youth, and youth with other backgrounds, who work together to improve the experience of youth in foster care, and collaborate to identify projects they would like to pursue to improve their communities.

As a member of Metro Youth Alliance, you’re a part of the decision making process on ways to improve the experience and outcomes for youth in foster care, and to make a positive impact in your community.  It’s a chance for you to make an impact on issues you feel passionate about! The State of Colorado is always asking for input from youth to improve the outcomes and experiences of youth in foster care.

The counties in the Denver Metro area (Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson), along with youth in the Legacy Project through CASA, and the Department of Youth Connections are collaborating to form the Metro Youth Alliance. We are meeting every third Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the Auraria Campus.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact us at 720-944-6327 or DenverILChafee@denvergov.org

Interested in making the Denver Chafee program what you really want and need?

We are holding youth panel meetings once per month to gather your input about the Chafee program; how we can improve it, and what you really want out of it. We are also trying to develop a system where older, experienced youth and young adults can partner with other youth to give them support and advice about transitioning into adulthood. There may also be opportunities to speak with other groups (like the Colorado Department of Human Services) about foster care and how it can be improved.

If you have any interest in being part of improving foster care and Chafee services, engaging your community to improve it, or just being part of the Denver Chafee “community” this is a great opportunity for you!!! It will also give you a chance to develop your interpersonal and leadership skills, and would look great on applications and resumes. We are trying to create a fun and rewarding experience for those involved, while empowering you to be a voice for youth and your community.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please speak with your Chafee worker or send an email to


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