Resources

Michigan Education and Training Voucher (ETV): up to $5,000 towards school-related costs and living fees. It is for youth that were in foster care after the age of 14. Contact Samaritas for eligibility requirements.

Fostering Futures Scholarship: State of Michigan program that provides scholarships to young adults who have experienced foster care. FFS is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Funding amounts vary based on need and any other financial aid the student is receiving.

Youth in Transition (YIT): Funding source that can provide financial support. If the youth still has unmet needs, the YIT fund source is available until the youth turns 23 years old. Please note that YIT is unable to pay for educational expenses and college specific costs. It can, however, pay for certain approved expenses while in college.

Casey Family Scholars Program: Provides scholarships of up to $6,000 per academic year for young people who spent at least 12 months in foster care prior to their 18th birthday; OR have been adopted or placed into legal guardianship from foster care after their 16th birthday; OR they must have been orphaned for at least one year at the time of their 18th birthday.

EMU Scholarships: Searchable database for EMU specific scholarships.

FAFSA: Official website for federal student aid. This should be the first item you fill out after deciding to attend.

Swoop's Pantry: If you're a current EMU student then you're able to use the food pantry! All you need to do is fill out their intake form, provide a copy of your current class schedule, and bring your Eagle ID.

MAGIC Pantry: Working as a supplemental pantry to Swoop's Pantry, the MAGIC Pantry is for MAGIC students only and is accessible as many times as needed per month. Contact the MAGIC Pantry via email for further information.

Food Gatherers: Food Gatherers has a great online site that includes a comprehensive available food map, showing food pantries, distributions, and free meals in our community.  They also have an available food list, which lists all food pantries, distributions, and free meals available to the public in Washtenaw County. One great item to note is Food Gatherers includes all of the information you might need about the service: where, what hours, location on a map, and where to call for more information.

The Corner Health Center: The Corner provides judgment-free, high-quality medical care exclusively to all who are age 12 to 25, including: physicals, vaccinations and integrated medical care, mental health programs and counseling, sexual health and contraceptive services, OB-GYN, pediatrics for children of our patients, diet and nutrition support, and hormone therapy. Services are provided regardless of insurance status or ability to pay for care.

My Community Dental Center (MCDC): MCDC provides exceptional dental care to everyone. MCDC works with Healthy Michigan Plan, and also offers MyDP, a sliding fee plan based on income verification.

University of Michigan Community Dental Center: Full service dental office. Accepts most insurance plans including Medicaid. Offers a tiered fee structure through services by their pre-doctoral dental students.

University of Michigan School of Dentistry: Full service dental office and specialty care. Has different clinics that offer services at different price tiers.

Washtenaw Dental Clinic: The Washtenaw County Dental Clinic proudly serves adults and children who are uninsured and low income, or who are enrolled in Medicaid. The clinic accepts most Medicaid plans. They also have a sliding fee scale.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS): CAPS offers short-term counseling that focuses on finding solutions to problems and relieving symptoms.  Counseling is only offered to currently enrolled EMU students, and is free of charge.

Counseling Training Clinic: The Counseling Training Clinic offers mental health counseling as well as career assessment and academic counseling that taps into your potential and builds upon your strengths and the strengths of your support systems. This services is fee to all EMU students.

University Health Services (UHS): University Health Services provides high quality, accessible, affordable health care. In addition, UHS has an on-site pharmacy for all of your pharmacy service needs.

Hope Clinic: Hope Clinic provides free primary care to uninsured and under-insured patients. Hope Clinic also offers dental care.

Ozone House: Provides free, confidential, and voluntary shelter and support services to homeless youth including runaways and high-risk youth ages 10-20 and their families. This organization has supports in all forms - drop-ins centers, food, housing, job training, and counseling to list a few!

Fostering Success Michigan: Fostering Success Michigan provides resources and inspiration for youth and alumni of foster care.

Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative (MYOI): MYOI's goal is that young people in foster care have successful outcome in housing, education, employment, community engagement and health. Part of MYOI includes an Individual Development Account [PDF] (IDA). MYOI matches IDA fund dollars up to $1000 a year.

Education Success Program (ESP): ESP is a program within the Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative (MYOI) that provides support to help older youth who have transitioned out of the foster care system succeed in post-secondary educational programs and graduate.

FosterClub: Offers programs for young people who have experienced foster care so they can feel empowered and engaged.

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