Fostering Panther Pride


Florida International University’s Fostering Panther Pride (FPP) program offers tailored academic and support services to students identified as formerly in foster care or homeless.

Launched in 2013, the primary goal of FPP is to assist former foster care youth and homeless students in their transition to FIU, their retention and graduation, and their pursuit of securing employment or graduate studies upon receiving their bachelor’s degree.


  • Dedicated Staff: Success Coaches serve as primary contacts to provide students with a support system and help them navigate university processes pertaining to admissions, financial aid, registration, and housing, as well as accessing institutional resources (i.e.: academic advising, tutoring, counseling services, career development services) for academic and professional development. SAS professionals aid students in identifying and addressing issues that may hinder their timely fulfilment of their educational goals.
  • Mentoring: Students are paired with FIU faculty, staff, and/or alumni mentors who serve as guides through their academic journey.
  • Research: FPP will support faculty researchers to identify best practices to serve former foster youth and homeless students in order to develop a replicable model for other communities.


FPP tailored support services and participation benefits include:

  • Processing DCF and homeless tuition exemption paperwork.
  • Assistance in securing on or off-campus housing.
  • Connecting students to community resources and partners (i.e.: Homeless Helpline, Educate Tomorrow, Voices for Children, Handy, etc.).
  • Access to priority course registration.

Beginning Fall 2018, first time college students and transfer students seeking to use the DCF Tuition Exemption and/or the Homeless Tuition Exemption benefit must submit the tuition exemption to the Fostering Panther Pride program office in SASC-205.

In order to process DCF/Homeless tuition exemptions for subsequent semesters, students are required to:

  • Meet with their academic advisor to discuss enrollment.
  • Meet with FPP staff to verify enrollment. Upon this meeting, the DCF/Homeless tuition exemption will be processed.
  • Tuition exemption will not be processed if students fail to meet with FPP staff.



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11200 SW 8 Street, SASC 205
Miami, Florida 33199

Phone: 305.348.3445

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