154 Helping Former Foster Youth in Higher Education

Monday, July 11, 2016: 9:45 AM-10:45 AM
Thurgood Marshall North (Marriott Wardman Park)
Session Type: Interest Sessions
Track: Research & Data Analysis Track
Audience: All
Credit Type: Credit Hours and Clock Hours
School Type: All Schools
Despite being among the most disadvantaged groups with respect to college access and success in the United States, not much is known about the attainment of former foster youth. This lack of knowledge is somewhat surprising considering that graduation rates range from 1 percent - 11 percent (Dworsky & Havlicek, 2010; Pecora, Williams, Kessler, Downs, & O'Brien, 2003). This session will provide a longitudinal overview of former foster youth in higher education, their receipt of financial aid and their educational outcomes. Presenters will encourage attendees to engage in a discussion about what financial aid practitioners can do, in light of the data. 
Dan Davenport (University of Idaho)
Jacob Gross ()
Richard Heath (Anne Arundel Community College)