Independent Living Act (Foster Care Tuition Waiver)
The Independent Living Act was established by the 2000 Oklahoma
Legislature to ensure that eligible individuals who have been or
are in the foster care program of the Department of Human Services
receive services that include housing, medical coverage and
education. The first recipients of the tuition waivers were
1999-2000 high school graduates.
- Student must be a resident of Oklahoma.
- Student must have graduated within the previous three years
from a State Board of Education-accredited high school, the
Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics or a high school
bordering Oklahoma as approved by the State Board of Education OR
the student must have completed the General Educational Development
- Tuition waivers are available to students who have been in DHS
custody for at least nine months between the ages of 16 and
- Student must be enrolled in a public college or university or
certain programs at technology centers.
- Tuition waivers will be made available to eligible students up
to 26 years of age or upon completion of a baccalaureate degree or
program certificate, whichever comes first.
Amount of Award
A resident tuition waiver covers the cost of resident tuition for
all courses for which resident tuition is charged. The student is
responsible for all other fees: special course fees, student
activity and facility fees, assessment fees and others.
For Further Information
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
800.858.1840 (225.9239 in Oklahoma City area)