What is the Great Expectations program?
Great Expectations helps young adults, who are currently or were formerly affiliated with the Virginia foster care system, transition to college. More than 500 children in the Virginia foster care system age out each year. Without social or family support, foster care children experience significant challenges living on their own. However, with access to an education, foster youth can find fulfilling, family-sustaining employment.
- Assistance with choosing an academic program
- Instruction and support throughout the financial aid process
- Assistance with accessing financial aid and scholarship opportunities
- Access to college support services and resources
- Referrals to community resources
- Single point of contact providing wrap-around academic support services
- Monitoring of academic progress
- Financial literacy and management advising
- Academic advising and course registration
Who is eligible for the program?
- Individuals who are, or were, affiliated with the Virginia foster care system
- Youth adopted from the Virginia foster care system after their 13th birthday
- A special needs adoption
How do I get more information about the program?
- Call Debra Bowman at (804) 523-5294 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit one of the Great Expectations offices at two locations:
700 East Jackson Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Parham Road Campus
Room 200 B
1651 East Parham Road
Richmond, Virginia 23228
Office hours are generally 10:15 to 2:00 p.m. but may vary. Please call for open office hours or to make an appointment.
Money for college
Follow these helpful links to learn more about available funds through the government as well as Reynolds.
- General information about applying for federal financial aid (FAFSA)
- Reynolds scholarship availability and deadlines
- Virginia Community College System Tuition Grant Program
- Virginia Department of Social Services Education and Training Voucher Funds (ETV)
- Virginia Department of Social Services ETV application
Apply to Reynolds
Find step-by-step instructions about how to enroll as a credit student at Reynolds under the Get Started tab. Keep in mind that payment for textbooks by a third party, such as the Department of Social Services, requires a letter on the Department of Social Services letterhead indicating specific classes, textbooks and costs that will be covered by the third party payment. This letter must be separate from other letters indicating payment for classes.