Preparation for Adult Living

Preparation for Adult Living State Services


REGION 7 INFORMATION 

Brazos County is located within DFPS's Region 7 the E. Central District. The central PAL office is located in Austin, however the PAL Coordinator for this county is Jessycah Smith - contact information is;  Jessycah.smith@dfps.state.tx.us or office 979.774.6781, Cell 979.504.9822. 


FINANCIAL BENEFITS 

You will be able to access your financial benefits by contacting your PAL Coordinator Jessycah Smith at 979.774.6781 jessycah.smith@dfps.state.tx.us OR Aftercare Case Manager, Julie Baker from LIFEWORKS at 512.735.2181 or email julie.baker@lifeworksaustin.org 

Transitional Living Allowance (TLA)

TLA will be accessed through your State PAL Coordinator Jessycah Smith at 979.774.6781 or email jessycah.smilth@dfps.state.tx.us  If you completed your PAL Classes you can receive this money 2 years after you came out of care. You must be working or in school to access your TLA. TLA is $1000 and will be given to you in 4 increments of $250 or 2 increments of $500 depending on the region. This money can be spent on anything you need.

 Aftercare Room and Board (ACRB) ACRB is worth $3000 this can be used for rent, utility bills, and or food cards. Contact  Aftercare Case Manager Julie Baker at (512)2181 or email julie.baker@lifeworksaustin.org  You can only access up to $500 a month and the $3000 is not renewable. It is available to you from after you leave care until you turn 21 if you don't use it you lose it. It can take up to a month for a check to be written so please contact your worker with enough time to process a check. Checks will be paid directly to the person or company collecting the money in your name. 

Educational or Vocational Needs (Ed-Voc)

 Ed-Voc can be used for anything having to do with school or work, such as books, supplies, parking permit, etc. Available funds of $1000 is accessible for former foster students age 16-21,checks will be paid directly to the person or company collecting the money in your name.


EDUCATIONAL BENEFITS 

Educational benefits will be accessed through several differnt places listed under each category. These benefits are to assist you financially with your educational goals after high school. 

Tuition Waiver 

The state of Texas provides youth who have aged out of care* (* there are other caveats) with a waiver to attend any state funded school for free. This means public institutions of higher education such as Texas A&M, community colleges or state vocational schools. This does not include private schools. To access this you need to contact PAL Coordinator for this area, Jessycah Smith 979.774.6781 or email jessycah.smith@dfps.state.tx.us

Education and Training Voucher (ETV)

The ETV is to help offset any extra bills you may have as a student. The amount awarded is up to $5000 a school year. To apply you will need to fill out the initial application and then submit specific documents by the due dates. For more information go to: discoverbcfs.net/texasetv

Pell Grant 

When completing your Financial Aid application (FAFSA) make sure to mark that you were a ward of the state to qualify for the full Pell Grant. You can complet your FAFSA at: fafsa.ed.gov

 

HEALTH BENEFITS 

 Transitional Medicaid

People who were in foster care on their 18th birthday and are now age 18 through 20 may receive Medicaid.  For more information, call 2-1-1, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Central Time.