Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State

Am I Eligible

Any student who checks box 53 on the FAFSA or self-identifies as falling under the following:

  • are in/have been in foster care
  • a homeless youth who has been involved with CYS/CPS

How to Get Started

  1. Would you like learn about the Fostering Lions Program, offered at all Penn State campuses?  If so, contact Cheri McConnell, Fostering Lions Program Coach, via e-mail or by phone at 814-865-2193.
  2. If you are a PA resident and were discharged or adopted from foster care at the age of 16 or later - you may qualify for the Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program which covers any balance remaining on tuition and fees after all grants/scholarships are awarded. Cheri McConnell is the Point of Contact for ALL Penn State campuses.
  3. Visit Penn State’s Undergraduate Admissions page for information on applying, academics, campuses, etc.
  4. Visit Penn State’s Financial Aid page for assistance with applying for aid.

Interested in a Presentation

Feel free to contact Cheri - she will come to your location to tell students about the program/do a zoom meeting for an individual or group, etc.


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