DCF: 48-20-2

Policy Manual

College Assistance/Post Secondary Education Assistance for Adopted Children




The Department will provide financial assistance to youth who were adopted through the Department’s foster care program by the youth’s eighteenth (18th) birthday and who plan to attend an accredited college, university, or institution of higher learning upon completion of their high school education. The adoption must have taken place after December 31, 2004.


Focus of Services

The post-secondary education expenses that will be covered include tuition, fees, and room and board equivalent to the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at the University of Connecticut (UCONN), Storrs campus. Costs of off-campus housing cannot exceed the cost of room and board at UCONN, Storrs campus, and will require documentation.  Books can also be covered as long as the total expense, including books, is not more than the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at UCONN, Storrs campus. Summer classes can also be covered as long as the total cost of one full school year for the student does not exceed the cost of tuition, fees, and room and board at UCONN, Storrs campus.

Expenditures will be paid only after calculating and deducting the $500 required contribution, any educational grants and scholarship awards granted to the prospective student.

Youth interested in the program must be accepted to their chosen educational institution prior to their 21st birthday and may remain eligible for tuition assistance until the end of the school year in which he/she turns 23 years of age.


Application Process:


In order to apply for college assistance/post secondary assistance from the Department a youth:

  • Shall apply/compete for appropriate grants and scholarships to offset costs and provide documentation of such efforts.
  • Contact the DCF subsidy unit once the acceptance letter has been received, but no later than May 15th of the year in which the application is requested.
  • Complete the DCF 2097- Application for Financial Assistance for Post Secondary Education - and send in the necessary information/forms required. The form can be accessed and completed online, or, after receiving a request DCF will mail the application. Send or email the application by June 30th of the year in which the application is requested. A new DCF 2097 must be completed each year that the applicant is requesting financial assistance for post-secondary education.

Once all the required documentation is received the Statement of Financial Assistance for Post Secondary Education –DCF-2098a is sent to applicant and the Confirmation of Financial Assistance is sent to the educational institution.

Tuition and room and board will be paid on a semester, trimester or quarterly basis, depending on the school schedule.


Ongoing Requirements

Each applicant:

  • Shall be accepted to a full time accredited or licensed program
  • Shall maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0, or the equivalent, depending on the school’s grading system, each year.
  • Shall contribute five hundred dollars ($500.00) to educational costs each year.
  • Shall provide to the Department at the end of each semester or trimester or quarter, as appropriate, documentation of
                     - enrollment/registration

                     - grades/report cards

  •  Shall provide documentation of an application for financial assistance-annually.

Guidelines for filling out the DCF 2097-the Application for Financial Assistance for Post-Secondary Education:


  • Complete all sections. In Section IV, Budget Information, write in the complete costs related to the tuition, school fees and the cost for on campus room and board or projected costs for off campus room and board. You may need to ask the Bursar or Business Office for a formal breakdown of the costs and attach the documentation to the form.
  • List the amount of money that you will receive in grants and scholarships. Document the grants information by obtaining a financial breakdown from the school’s Financial Aid Office. Please also attach a copy of all scholarship award letters.
  • Sign and date the form. Your parent (if available) should also sign and date the form
  • In addition applicants will need to send:
    • Copy of the acceptance letter from the school.
    • Copy of the Financial Aid application.
    • Copy of high school transcript. (For first time application only)
  • Documentation of any housing and meal expenses, if living off campus.

Connecticut Department of Children and Families Effective July 1, 2006 (New)

Content Last Modified on 9/13/2011 11:01:39 AM