About ETV

What is ETV?

The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) is an annual federal grant provided to
states to fund youth who have aged out of the foster care system and who are
enrolled in college, university and vocational training programs. Students may
receive up to $5,000 a year based on their cost of attendance. Funds may be used
for tuition, dorm fees, books, student loan repayments and qualified living

What are the eligibility requirements for ETV?

Basic requirements are as follows:

  • Youth must be in foster care, adopted from foster care after age 16, or aged
    out of foster care.
  • Youth must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Youth must be accepted into or enrolled in a Title IV, accredited college or
    vocational/technical training program.

  • Contact the individual state for detailed information on eligibility.

About FAFSA and Student Loans

What is FAFSA and why is it important for ETV applicants?

ETV participants are required to complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal
Student Aid) every year. The FAFSA tells students which federal and state grants
and loans they are eligible for, as well as whether they are eligible for
work-study. Completing the FAFSA ensures that each student receives the maximum
funding possible. For further information and to complete a FAFSA, visit

ETV Funding Priorities

ETV can pay the follow expenses (listed in order of priority):

  • Tuition
  • Balances due at school
  • Room and Board/Rent
  • Meal cards/Food
  • Books and school supplies (such as uniforms, tools, equipment)
  • Study abroad through qualifying schools
  • Transportation

Once these expenses have been addressed, ETV funds can pay for other items,

  • Rent
  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Health insurance premium costs
  • Disability services
  • Dependent childcare expenses to licensed child care providers

ETV cannot pay for:

  • Educational or vocational courses shorter than one year in duration
  • Educational or vocational courses which do not lead to a degree or

About FC2S

What is Foster Care to Success (FC2S)?

F2CS is a national non-profit organization that has been helping college-aged
foster youth successfully attend and graduate from post-secondary programs since