Fostering College Success Initiative:
Application Form for New Students

Welcome to the application form for the Fostering College Success Initiative (FCSI). 

FCSI supports youth in foster care who are attending college. The following services are available from The New York Foundling: Tutoring, Coaching, and Career Advisement. Below you will find additional details about the program, eligibility, and application process.

Program Services:

  • Tutoring is provided in subjects that students find most challenging, as well as in general study skills and writing. Tutoring usually takes place in hour-long, individual sessions. Group sessions and team study halls are also offered to all students in the program.
  • Through Coaching, students are paired with a College Success Coach with whom they meet at least once a week. At the meetings, coaches support students with socio-emotional and practical needs, which includes support with financial plans and life skills.
  • Career counselors meet with students individually and in groups to help students explore career options and plan for their futures after they graduate. Career counseling includes help with resume writing, interviewing skills, and obtaining internships and externships.

*If you are interested in receiving additional benefits such as tuition & fees assistance, meal plan, housing assistance, and daily living stipend, please make sure to apply to the College Choice Program (ACS).

Who is Eligible:
Any student in foster care in NYC can apply to FCSI regardless of where the student attends college. Students interested in FCSI must meet the below eligibility criteria:

  • Currently in foster care
  • Be a high school graduate or recipient of a state-approved equivalency diploma
  • Incoming college freshman or current college student
  • Be registered full-time for the upcoming semester

Application Deadline:
Students who wish to be considered for the program can submit this application on a rolling basis. After the application is submitted, the FCSI program will review all information and get in touch with the student and foster care agency representatives for an interview/orientation.

We ask that you upload the following documents at the end of the application form:

  • Proof of college acceptance/decision (for incoming college freshmen)
  • Proof of completed FAFSA and TAP applications for this academic year
  • Proof of completed ETV application for this academic year
  • Financial Aid Award Letter (if available at the time of this application)
  • Proof of full-time registration/course schedule for the upcoming semester
  • College/university enrollment letter
  • Proof of COVID vaccination (optional)
  • Copy of current college transcript (for continuing college students)
  • Copy of college/university’s Academic Calendar for this year
  • Copy of completed FYCSI consent form
  • Bursar bill (if available at the time of this application)

If you have any questions in regards to the application process, please email FCSI Assistant Vice President, Bonnie Loughner, at Bonnie.Loughner@nyfoundling.org. Thank you again for your interest!