Great Expectations is a Virginia Community College statewide program that was founded in 2008. The mission of the program is to help Virginia’s current and former foster youth gain access to a community college education and transition successfully to living independently. 


Program Eligibility

  • Current youth in foster care over the age of 14
  • Former foster care youth who left foster care at the age of 13 or older due to :
    • reunification
    • adoption
    • informal kinship care
    • aging out of care 
  •  Special needs adoptions from foster care at any age (the child could be adopted at any time, age requirements do not apply).

Program Benefits

Great Expectations builds a bridge to college success! Here are a few benefits of joining Great Expectations:

  • Support and information on applying to Germanna
  • Guidance in making college and career choices
  • Coaching on Germanna’s student support services and being a successful student
  • Support for overcoming barriers to success including housing, financial hardship, and employment
  • Dinners and group events
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • One-on-one mentoring

Join the Great Expectations program at Germanna

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Germanna Cares

  • We care about you. If you need help, contact the Germanna Cares team for emergency assistance, food pantry access, and referrals to community resources.

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