Welcome Student Support Ally!

Foster Love has secured funding to provide a safety net for college students with foster care experience.

Foster Love works exclusively with college campus foster care support programs and government agencies to provide these resources directly to their students in a quick and efficient manner.

Once the student has connected with Foster Love staff, the student can expect approved requests to be funded within a 72 hour period given all necessary documentation has been received and verified.

See how we eliminate barriers.

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Our Collective Impact

Foster Love has partnered with private donors, college foster care support organizations, nonprofit partners, and government agencies to deliver over $8 million dollars in academic assistance directly to college students.

  • Technology Assistance
  • States we have supported
  • Rapid Response expenses
  • Impact in Action
  • Foundation Partners

How It Works

This is how we eliminate barriers for rapid support.

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Student Qualifications

To qualify for Rapid Response funding, the student must be referred by an authorized referral partner.

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Apply to become a partner agency and learn how to refer students for basic needs assistance.

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Partner & Student Testimonials

  • Foster Love has made a positive impact in our scholars day to day lives. They were able to focus on their academics without the constant stress of securing their basic needs. It was a much-needed relief of help and support
  • Foster Love has assisted several of our students with funds and materials that they would not be able to get otherwise and in a timely manner. We are appreciative for their initiatives in supporting students in their college goals.
  • Our FACES students have benefitted so much from the Tech Packs provided by Foster Love. They have commented that having quality technology has made their online and in-person courses so much better. These tech packs have created equity and access for often underserved students, closing the digital divide!
  • Foster Love has given me safety and security in the face of adversity. When COVID-19 first happened I was terrified for my future and worried that I would face homelessness. Thanks to Foster Love they provided funding to avoid homelessness and avoid going hungry. Words do not describe how incredibly grateful I am to be a part of such a wonderful organization.
  • My experience in accessing support through Foster Love was straightforward and supportive. During the winter break of 2020/21, as well as this current summer break, I was both housing and food insecure. By Foster Love helping me afford to stay in Winter Break housing and assisting me with purchasing groceries, it helped take the stress off of my shoulders.
  • They have been kind and quick to respond. They went above and beyond to make sure I was okay and made sure to help in any way possible. With COVID-19 ruining so many of my school opportunities they stepped in and helped immensely. Foster Love has meant Exactly what they stand for, helping others rise up to their full potential because no one should have to do it alone!

Frequently Asked Questions

A high school senior is transferring to a college soon or is dual enrolled. Can they be referred to the program?

Yes. high school/GED students can be referred, however, their services are strictly limited to college application expenses, college commitment deposits, admissions fees, admissions testing, academic supplies, & college textbooks.

Are students who exited foster care to guardianship or adoption eligible?

Yes, as long as the student was in foster care at some point.

Can a student self-refer to the program or be referred by a former foster family?

No, referrals can only be submitted by an authorized agency. To avoid a conflict of interest, agencies cannot refer eligible employees, contractors, or family members for services.

Can I refer an individual who was in foster care but is not enrolled in college?

No, our funding is strictly for college students with foster care experience. Exceptions will be made for high school seniors planning to enroll in college or dual-enrolled high school students, and individuals who are returning to school and can provide proof of enrollment.

Can I refer someone who was in foster care but not enrolled in college?

No, our funding is strictly for college students with foster care experience. Exceptions will be made for high school seniors planning to enroll in college or dual-enrolled high school students, and individuals who are returning to school and can provide proof of enrollment.

Do probation youth qualify?

Probation youth with an order for out-of-home placement, “crossover”, or “dual-status” youth do qualify for our services. Probation youth residing with biological parents do not qualify unless previously in foster care.

How can my organization apply to become a referral agency?

Please complete the Agency Application linked here. A TWR coordinator will connect with you to begin the onboarding process.

How do I become an authorized referral partner with Foster Love?

Please visit the referral partner page linked here.

If a student dropped classes midway through the semester due to extenuating circumstances, can they qualify for funding?

Yes, this student can qualify. The goal of this program is to eliminate barriers preventing students from continuing with their college education. We would ask that the student commits to returning to school the following semester. 

Is the individual required to have been in foster care for a specific duration of time?

No, there is no minimum duration for foster care experience. The student’s foster care status must be verified by the approved agency.

Is there an age cap for this program?

There is no age cap for services. Individuals must be at least 17 years and meet all eligibility criteria.

My agency has multiple departments that provide services independently of each other. Would it be possible for us to have two points of contact for each department?

Only one application will be required per agency and up to 3 points of contact are acceptable per organization. We understand that some agencies may have multiple case managers supporting students. If this is the case please communicate that to TWR for further assessment. 

My program serves students who were not in foster care, such as unaccompanied homeless youth. Can I refer these students as well?

No, only students with foster care experience may be referred. Foster care status includes kinship care, adoption, and probation youth with an order for out-of-home placement.

Our agency services students from all across the nation? Are there referral limits based on geographical locations?

Our safety net program is open to all college students with foster care experience from across the United States, however, funding limits may differ from state to state. 

The student receives scholarships and financial aid but is still struggling financially. Are they eligible?

Yes, the student can be referred. We do ask that each student access all public and campus support programs before seeking funding through TWR.

What are the expectations of referral agencies?

Agencies must have the capacity to:

  1. verify the eligibility of each student prior to making a referral.
  2. make referrals only for emergency needs.
  3. protect the integrity of the fund and comply with program terms & conditions.
What are the student eligibility requirements to access the program?

All of the following criteria must be met:

  • Student must be a current or former foster youth age 17 or older regardless of their length of time in care. (For eligibility purposes, foster care status includes kinship care, adoption, and probation youth with an order for out-of-home placement).
  • Student is currently enrolled at a college or university regardless of credit attainment, GPA, or academic standing. High school and GED seniors may qualify for this program with limited funding.
  • The eligible student has an urgent need that, if not addressed, would prevent them from continuing with their college education. The student must be referred by their college campus foster care liaison.


No exceptions will be made for individuals that do not meet the eligibility criteria. No age cap is placed on the student applicant. Students are not eligible to self-refer.

What type of institution must a student be attending in order to qualify for support?

A student can be attending any form of post-secondary education which includes community college, 4-year universities, career & technical programs, or other career certification programs. Foster Love will evaluate payments to for-profit colleges and proceed accordingly.

Who is authorized to become a referral agency?

Organizations that serve the college foster care student population. This includes college campus foster care organizations, child welfare agencies, and nonprofits serving the college foster care population are welcomed to apply.

Will current foster youth in a transitional housing program be eligible?

Yes. We do ask that all other resources be exhausted before a referral is made to TWR including any provided by the THP program.

Will graduating college seniors or recent college graduates who meet all other requirements be eligible for support?

Yes, graduating college seniors are eligible. Students that have recently graduated, can be no more than 3 months removed from their college/university enrollment to qualify. Proof of graduation/completion may be required for verification purposes.

Will TWR limit the number of referring agencies accepted?

No, however, these funds are available on a first-come-first-serve basis. TWR holds the right to decline or suspend an agency's referral status at any time.

Would students that have exited foster care be eligible? Would students in extended foster care qualify for this program?

Yes, there are no restrictions on the student’s current foster care status as long as the agency can verify the student experienced foster care at some point.

Learn More About Foster Love

Foster Love is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to change the way young individuals experience the foster care system in America.

Through a network of individuals, corporate partners, hudnreds of foster agencies, social workers, CASA advocates, and college campuses, Foster Love is able to bring enriching programs to individuals across the nation.

Foster Love faciliates different types of activities nationwide. Whether you participate as an individual, as part of a group, or corporation, you can help foster youth in your community with a fun team-building project. Your kindness makes a difference not only in the lives of your co-workers, friends, and family but also in the lives of individuals with foster care experience. Donations are distributed through our partners and kept local to your community.