Academic Grants

On Your Feet Foundation Northern California Academic Grants are designed to enable birth mothers to achieve their personal and professional goals.  Grants are available to women who lived in California at the time of placement or placed with a family in California.

Please review the following guidelines to determine if an OYFF Academic Grant will meet your needs.  Academic Grants are generally issued one-time only.  A second grant may be considered at the discretion of the Grants Committee if it is necessary to complete a program or course of study. Please note:

  • Tuition grants are paid directly to the school.
  • The school must be an accredited or otherwise recognized institution.
  • Grants cannot be applied to debt.
  • Applicants who already hold a master’s degree are not eligible to apply.
  • Funds may be provided for special needs, including but not limited to tuition, uniforms, supplies (computer, textbooks, etc) and application fees.

The following items are NOT covered by OYFF Academic Grants:

  • Loans
  • Rent
  • Food
  • Bills
  • Other living expenses

Additional Resources

In addition to OYFF grants, we recommend reviewing the following sites for other financial aid opportunities:

Academic Grant Application Process

On Your Feet Foundation uses a formal grant application process to administer grants.  Applications are processed three (3) times throughout the year and must be complete, including all required documents, and accurate in order to be considered for funding.  The steps are as follows:

  1. Contact the Birth Mother Services Coordinator at to discuss your academic goals and funding needs.
  2. Email an unofficial transcript and a copy of the  financial statement from your school to
  3. Complete the grant application by one of the stated deadlines.  Click on the following link to complete the application: OYFF Grant Application
  4. You will be contacted by an OYFF representative to schedule an interview.  Interviews may be conducted in-person, by phone or by video conference (ie Skype).
  5. You will receive notification from OYFF if your grant is funded by the deadline listed below.  If your grant is approved, you must complete a Grant’s Payment Worksheet which will be provided to you.
  6. Your grant will be funded according to the schedule outlined below.
  7. You will receive an email reminder to complete a follow up questionnaire after your school term is over.

2017 Grant Calendar

Funding Request App Deadline Interview Period Grant Decision Grant Funded Follow up
Summer 2017 March 30 April 10-21 May 12 May 26 Jan. 1, 2018
Fall 2017 June 16 June 26- July 7 July 21 August 4 Jan. 1, 2018
Winter 2017 / Spring 2018 Nov. 10 Nov. 16-28 Dec. 13 Jan. 3, 2018 June 1, 2018