USF Pearls


Below are resources available to youth emerging from the Florida DCF system of care. If you are an student from another state and lived in the foster care system during a period in your life we will help navigate the benefits from your state. 

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Postsecondary Education Services and Support (PESS)

PESS is a state program designed to financially support former foster youth. Depending on certain circumstances, eligible foster youth can receive a monthly payment of $1,256. This monthly payment is to support housing and utility needs while attending postsecondary education. Eligibility Information


Educational and Training Vouchers

The ETV program was designed to financially support current and former foster youth. ETVs are grants awarded to foster youth to support their college expenses. Students can receive up to $5,000 per academic year based on certain qualifications. More Information 

Healthcare Coverage

Former foster youth have access to free Medicaid after they turn 18 and up until their 26th birthday. Employment and education status do not impact your eligibility for free Medicaid