Alabama

CAA

On December 27th, the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) became law, targeting temporary support to protect vulnerable youth and young adults impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The bill provides emergency support and temporary flexibility for Alabama’s Education and Training Voucher program through September 30, 2021.
  • The temporary flexibility includes increased funding for ETV recipients, including those who were enrolled in Spring semester 2020 and/or the current academic year.
  • Young adults may receive ETV funding until their  27th birthday.
  • The maximum number of years a youth can be funded ETV is five (5) years.

If you think you are eligible for CAA funding and you have school related expenses, please complete an Economic Needs Assessment (ENA) as a first step. You will hear from an ETV advisor within seven business days regarding other requirements and next steps.

Click HERE for the economic needs assessment.

Please note, completing an ENA form does not confirm program eligibility or guarantee funding.

 

AL Foster Hope Scholarship

Alabama’s FOSTERING HOPE SCHOLARSHIP  is an investment in the post-secondary education and training goals of youth who were in the foster care system when they earned a high school diploma or GED, as well as those adopted from Alabama foster care after age 14.  This comprehensive program covers tuition and fees for eligible students enrolled full-time in a post-secondary certificate or undergraduate degree program; additionally, it helps eligible high school students begin planning ahead towards achievable goals.  Students may apply for the Fostering Hope Scholarship until their 26th birthday and receive funding for one semester after they turn 26.  Click HERE to find out more.

 

AL ETV

The Alabama Education and Training Voucher Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program designed to help youth who were in U.S. foster care. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for qualified school related expenses. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students. Applicants must complete the ETV application which includes documentation each semester that is sent directly from the school to ETV confirming enrollment, the cost of attendance (COA) and unmet need.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a current or former foster student who:
    • was in U.S. foster care on your 18th birthday and aged out at that time.
      OR
    • as adopted from U.S. foster care with the adoption finalized AFTER your 16th birthday.
      OR
    • will have your foster care case closed between the ages of 18 and 21.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen.
  • Your personal assets (bank account, car, home, etc.) are worth less than $10,000.
  • You must be at least 17 to apply for the first time. You may reapply for ETV funds, if you have a current grant, up to the age of 26.
  • Has accessed ETV funding less than the 5 year limit (consecutive or intermittent).
  • You must have been accepted into or be enrolled in a degree, certificate or other accredited program at a college, university, technical, vocational school. To remain eligible for ETV funding, you must show progress toward a degree or certificate.

Click HERE to begin the application process or update your application.

Download your application documents HERE.

For more information, please call (334) 219-3577 or email al@statevoucher.org.