Stephen F. Austin State University

Foster Student Support

Foster/Adopted Student Support

SFASU provides support and assistance to any self-identifying foster and adopted students by way of connecting individuals to community resources, as well as providing academic assistance, moral support and career advice. If you are a foster/adopted student and require more information, feel free to contact SFA's Foster/Adopted Student Care Liaison, Mr. Walter de la Cruz, via the contact information found on this page. As information and resources become available, view this page for links and notifications.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

Helpful Information for Youth in Foster Care

College Tuition and Fee Waiver

For our prospective students, the following sections will get you started with the admissions process, as well as guiding you through understanding financial aid, on-campus living and resources, employment/volunteer opportunities, as well as allies and resources in and around Nacogdoches.

FOSTER AND ADOPTED STUDENT RESOURCE MANUAL

The Foster and Adopted Student Resource Manual contains services that can cater to your needs. Whether you need legal advice, access to a food pantry or medical services, this manual can be of assistance to you. The manual is always being updated as we gain access to new resources for you. Please feel free to browse the manual and contact these services providers as needed.

Resource Manual

APPLYING TO SFASU

We are thrilled that you are considering SFASU to pursue your goals of acquiring a college degree. The first step of your journey will be to apply to SFASU. The Office of Admissions will work diligently with you to ensure that the process goes as smooth as possible. Here's a checklist of what you will need to complete your application for admission to SFA:

A completed application (done through ApplyTexas.org)
Your official high school transcript (must be received directly from your high school)
Your official SAT/ACT scores

By submitting your College and Tuition Fee Waiver paperwork from the State to SFASU, the admission application fee will be automatically waived. Please also submit your Letter of Conservatorship.

For your convenience, you can access the Office of Admissions website here: http://www.sfasu.edu/admissions-and-aid#section=admissions-process

The ApplyTexas online Admissions application can be accessed here: https://www.applytexas.org/adappc/gen/c_start.WBX

PAYING FOR SCHOOL

Your State College and Tuition Fee Waiver will cover ALL tuition and fee charges that you are charged as a student at SFASU. The waiver will NOT cover living expenses such as room and board. For this reason, you must fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Our Financial Aid office will assist you and answer any questions you may have about this application process. You can access their website here, http://www.sfasu.edu/admissions-and-aid#section=financial-aid; you can reach them via phone and email at 936-468-2403 and at finaid@sfasu.edu, respectively.

FAFSA Website: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa

The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program allows Texas to help current and former foster youth and young adults, youth adopted at age 16, and youth that enter Permanency Care Assistance at age 16 to make a smoother transition to a successful adulthood by providing funding and supports to help youth and young adults achieve their educational goals. Please access the following website for further information: https://discoverbcfs.net/texasetv/

For those of our potential students who are Dreamers or undocumented residents of Texas, while you are ineligible to get Federal Financial Aid, you can still apply for the Texas Application for State Financial Aid. You can access this application by clicking the following link: http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/9963.PDF

Scholarships of many types are available through your online mySFA portal. You will gain access to your mySFA once you apply for admission to SFASU. The Financial Aid department provides comprehensive information about what types of scholarships are available and specifically how to apply for them. The following link will provide this information to you: http://www.sfasu.edu/admissions-and-aid/financial-aid/types-of-aid/scholarships. For more information about Scholarships, please contact Liz Chambliss at 936-468-2403 and at chamblisen@sfasu.edu.

If this feels like a lot of information rest assured that you will not be alone during this process. Myself, along with our team of Financial Aid Counselors, can assist you with any items related to paying for college. Our FA counselors are assigned by last name and you can find your Financial Aid Counselor by looking at the table below:

Contact Your Financial Aid Counselor
Last name begins with: A, B, C, D: Necole Beason ibeason@sfasu.edu

Last name begins with: E, F, G, H, I, J, K: LaShanda Parkhurst lbparkhurst@sfasu.edu

Last name begins with: L, M, N, O, P, Q: Sara Williams wilkersosa@sfasu.edu

Last name begins with: R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z: Donna Lee leedm@sfasu.edu

CAMPUS LIVING

Experiencing life on campus is a fun part of the college experience. Living on campus keeps you close to all the action, whether it be sporting events, social mixers, student organization meetings, or study groups, SFA has plenty of options for your on-campus housing needs. The Office of Residence Life fourteen different Residence Halls to choose from. For comprehensive information about on-campus housing, please consult the link below.

Office of Residence Life: http://www.sfasu.edu/life-at-sfa/housing-dining/housing/residence-halls

For your convenience, below is the contact information for the Residence Life Department:

Residence Life Department
936.468.2601
Fax: 936.468.2074
reslife@sfasu.edu

Lumberjacks on campus have many options for dining. For a list of all dining options on campus, check out this link: http://www.sfasu.edu/life-at-sfa/housing-dining/dining/on-campus-dining.

Meal plans are available for both on-campus and off-campus/commuting students. This link, http://www.sfasu.edu/life-at-sfa/housing-dining/dining/meal-plans, breaks down pricing options for meal plans.

To contact Dining Services, refer to the contact information below:

Dining Services
Main Office 936.468.5208
Marketing 936.468.1113
bell-candace@aramark.com

HELPFUL CAMPUS RESOURCES

At SFA we do our best to connect students to resources that will help them not only while they are on campus, but also as they approach graduation and get ready to enter the working world. Each of the sections below is dedicated to helping Lumberjacks in all areas of assistance, along with corresponding links to those departments.

Center for Career and Professional Development http://www.sfasu.edu/ccpd/

The CCPD office assists our students by connecting them with prospective employers by way of Employment, Internship and Volunteer Fairs, conducting Mock Interviews, Resume Critique and Career Coaching. Please consult the link above to investigate all that the CCPD office can assist you with

Counseling Services http://www.sfasu.edu/counselingservices/

Counseling is a free service for all students at Stephen F. Austin State University. You are never alone here at SFA and if you need anyone to talk to about challenges in your life, we encourage you to visit with Counseling Services as soon as possible.

Peer Mentors http://www.sfasu.edu/studentsuccess/136.asp

The Student Success Peer Mentors are upperclassmen students who have a passion for assisting other Lumberjacks through their college enrollment. Peer Mentors assist students in navigating the university, learning about co-curricular involvement, and providing support and guidance to each student they serve. Mentors are dedicated to your success and integration into the Lumberjack community. Please visit their website for more information and to fill out a Mentor Request form.

Orientation Programs http://www.sfasu.edu/orientation/

Lumberjack Orientation is the place for incoming first-year students to begin their transition to SFASU, and it is required for all new first-year students so that they can meet with an academic advisor and register for courses. Orientation also allows you to get your first in-depth glimpses of SFA's campus. Please check the link for upcoming dates and information.

SFASU Health Clinic http://www.sfasu.edu/healthclinic/
The Stephen F. Austin Health Clinic is an outpatient medical facility offering preventive care and medical services to all current students. It is staffed by licensed doctors, nurse practitioner, nurses, laboratory personnel, and support staff. Look around their website to get a better idea of the services the Health Clinic can provide for you.