UTSA extends hand to foster-care youths with Nov. 20 college information fair

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(Nov. 17, 2010)--The UTSA Office of Student Financial Aid and Enrollment Services will host a college information fair on benefits available to students who have been in foster care. The information fair is 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 20 in the Buena Vista Theater on the UTSA Downtown Campus.

Free and open to the public, there will be information on how to attend a college or university and apply for financial aid for any potential student with a focus on helping youths in foster care and foster parents. After the information fair, students and family members can attend an entertainment session, which supports the cause of foster-care youths in the San Antonio area.

UTSA is committed to providing a safe environment for students who have been in foster care and to help them achieve their dreams of attaining higher education. In Texas, youths aging out of foster care are eligible for a lifetime waiver of tuition and fees at public Texas colleges and universities.

"The goal is simple -- to inform students and their families about what is available to them and to encourage them to apply for aid as early as possible," said Christopher Goldsberry, UTSA financial aid outreach specialist. "Nationwide, only 2 percent of those who have been in foster care earn a college degree, and programs such as this one at UTSA can help improve that statistic."

The UTSA Downtown Campus is at 501 W. Durango Blvd., San Antonio, Texas, 72017.

For more information, contact Lara Crouch at 210-458-2803 or visit the UTSA Financial Aid website.