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Great Expectations

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. 

Learn more about Great Expectations
Download an application here
View the Great Expectations brochure 

What services are available through the program? 

  • 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? 

Downtown Campus
Room 626 A 
700 East Jackson Street 
Richmond, Virginia 23219

Parham Road Campus
Massey Library and Technology Center, Room 137 A
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.

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. 

Looking for a job? Try logging into the Reynolds student and alumni job board. You can build an account and search regularly updated postings using our Career, Employment and Transfer Services. You may reach the job board through Who We Are and Jobs at Reynolds, or click this link:
Additional resources 
The Virginia Wizard website can help you choose a career, get information to pursue your career, enroll in one of Virginia’s community colleges, pay for college, transfer to a four-year college or university, and get answers to your questions about your future.