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Youth Authority/Youth Corrections Education Program

Each Oregon Youth Authority facility must offer eligible youth who are not enrolled in high school at least one college class or college preparatory class and access to Open Online Courses. Through the Oregon Virtual School district students are provided with access to a computer to supplement their classes with videos, podcasts, and other educational materials for post-secondary education purposes outside of regular high school hours. Each facility must also offer a college orientation and information on available courses, vocational training and certificate programs.

Youth in OYA facilities may receive grant money to participate in postsecondary education while in placement. Staff must supervise the youth while they complete the FAFSA form. Grant money may only be used for tuition, fees, books or supplies and must be provided in the form of a check rather than the Higher One debit card. Funds are deposited into the youth’s trust account and labeled as college grant money.