Few Foster Care Alumni Receive Higher Ed Benefits

By the time Corey Vollette decided to go to college — after years spent adrift after dropping out of high school — it was too late to take advantage of an exemption from tuition and fees at a public college or university in Texas.

Since 1993, Texas has offered tuition waivers for certain students at public institutions of higher education who were formerly in the foster care system. Currently, students must take at least one college course by the age of 25 to lock in the benefits. But by the time Vollette, now 30, earned his GED and enrolled at Austin Community ...

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