State Representative Richard Pena Raymond of Laredo said when the legislative session begins in January 2017 the Texas legislature will seek to address the issue of aiding foster children in their struggles to get college degrees. Pena is the chairman of the Texas House of Representatives Health and Human Services committee, which oversees Child Protective Services.
Elaborating on how the system of education works, Raymond said, “We’ve come to recognize that if we have students interested in free tuition, it’s another thing to deal with the whole situation of how you’re gonna get there, how you’re gonna live, how you’ll pay for books. People forget that.” Texas is one of the 28 states that provides free college tuition to former foster children, along with other individuals who are eligible for the program. However, many individuals are unaware when they are eligible for the program.
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