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Postsecondary Access, Retention, and Graduation among Former Foster Youth
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Facts & Stats
Surveys indicate that at least 70 percent of youth in foster care want a college experience. About 40 percent of these youth complete some form of postsecondary education by their mid-20s, but only as many as 9 percent earn a postsecondary degree. Foster youth face a number of barriers to earning a postsecondary degree. Many are not adequately prepared to perform at the postsecondary level. Others drop out because they need to work full-time, experience housing instability, or have childcare responsibilities. This fact sheet provides selected statistics about postsecondary access, retention, and graduation among former foster youth, and the barriers that keep them from earning a postsecondary degree.
Foster Forward (formerly RIFPA), 55 South Brow Street, East Providence, RI 02914; Telephone: (401) 438-3900, or (800) 655-7787, Fax: (401) 438-3901, Website: http://youth.gov/feature-article/connecting-dots-working-across-systems-improve-postsecondary-outcomes-youth-state