CHAFEE Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) & Post-Secondary Financial Aid Assistance
What is ETV?
The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program is a federally funded-administered program designed to provide financial and academic support to youth who have aged out of the foster care system and who are enrolled in an accredited college, university and vocational training programs.
Students may receive up to $5,000 per academic year based on their cost of attendance and contingent upon available funding. Youth must enroll before their 21st birthday and may continue to receive support until age 23.
Funds may be used for the following:
- Room and Board (on campus or off campus)
- Books & Supplies
- Child Care
- Medical Cost
The Education and Training Voucher program is available for all CHINS and Probation youth who turn 18 in foster care or are adopted or enter into a guardianship out of foster care on or after the youth’s 16th birthday. Students must maintain good academic standing and meet the institutions Satisfactory Academic Progress.
What are the eligibility requirements for ETV?
Current and former foster care youth who meet the following criteria:
- Youth must have been in foster care or foster care will end on the youth’s 18th birthday and have not reached age 21.
- Youth was adopted or placed in a kinship guardianship from foster care on or after 16th birthday.
- Youth must have a high school diploma or High School Equivalency.
- Youth must be accepted into or enrolled in a Title IV, accredited college or vocational/technical training program.
- Youth must be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen
How do students apply for ETV?
For more information or to apply visit the ETV website at https://www.indianaetv.org.
Other Post-Secondary Financial Aid Resources
- Financial Aid Assistance (FAFSA)
Foster youth who turn 18 in foster care are a family of one making them an independent student and eligible for Pell Grants to assist with college expenses. To apply for FAFSA click on the highlight Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
The Indiana Commission of Higher Education
- 21 Century Scholarship
21st Century Scholarship provides students up to four years of undergraduate tuition* at any participating public college or university in Indiana. If you attend a private college, the state will award an amount comparable to that of a four-year public college. If you attend a participating proprietary (for-profit) school, the state will award a tuition scholarship equal to that of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana. More information can be found on the website or in the 21st Century Scholars General Brochure.
- Other 21st Century Scholars tools
- Video about 21St. Century Scholars https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Fq9biBojG8
- Senior Scholarship Checklist
- College Credit Completion Requirements
- Senior Cohort FAQ
- Additional Resources: http://scholars.in.gov/students/student-resources
- Center for School, College & Career Resources
- Accredited Schools in Indiana
- Explore Online Colleges in Indiana
- Best Online Colleges Guide for Students
- Financial Aid Guidebook for Students
- Financial Aid for Women
- Cost of Online vs Traditional Degrees
- Accredited Schools that Offer Laptops and Tech Perks
- Financial Aid for Minority Students
• Scholarship Information
http://www.scholarships.com: This website will allow students to search free for scholarships for money for college and help them to avoid scholarship scams.