Ten days remain before application deadline
The application period for the new ASPIRE529 program, which provides $529 for foster youth aging out of the system to use for expenses related to continuing their education, closes July 31, 2022.
“Many young adults face a lot of financial obstacles as they head out into the ‘real world’ for the first time,” said Delaware State Treasurer Colleen Davis. “Those aging out of foster care often face additional struggles related to things like housing and health care. How to pay for education shouldn’t be an extra burden.”
Up to 20 awards of $529 are available on a first-come, first-served basis following review and approval of applications by the Office of the State Treasurer.
To be eligible for an award, a student must:
- Be under age 26, and:
- At least 14 years old and currently in Department of Services for Children, Youth, & Their Families (DSCYF) Custody (foster care); or
- Exited DSCYF Custody to adoption or guardianship at the age of 16 years or older; or
- Aged out of foster care in Delaware at age 18.
- Complete a current-year Delaware Aspire529 application prior to the deadline. (July 31st)
- Be a Delaware resident.
- Be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or approved refugee.
- Be an undergraduate student.
- Show proof of enrollment or attendance at an institution of higher learning or trade school, AND if already attending, must be making satisfactory academic or vocational progress toward completion of that program. Proof of enrollment or attendance can be requested through your school’s registrar or administrative offices.
In addition to the $529, recipients will receive two private financial coaching sessions thanks to a partnership with $tand By Me®.
The online application can be found at de.gov/aspire529.