The Maryland 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.


  • 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.


      • was adopted from U.S. foster care with the adoption finalized AFTER your 16th birthday.


      • will have your foster care case closed between the ages of 18 and 21.


      • was placed in guardianship from foster care after your 16th birthday.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen.
  • You must be at least 18 to apply. 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.

APPLY for the Maryland ETV Program in 3 simple steps:

  1. Complete your online ETV Application ( CLICK HERE)
  2. Confirm your enrollment and Cost of Attendance in one of two ways:
    • Print and Sign a Financial Aid Release Form (CLICK HERE) and drop it off at your Financial Aid Office (they’ll complete it and send it to ETV)
    • Email a copy of your award letter or email a copy of your school bill that includes your name, itemized list of charges, financial aid award, and remaining balance for the semester.
  3. Submit your budget (CLICK HERE ) this will help you manage your money and plan for the semester


Maryland Tuition Waiver

Maryland offers the MD Tuition Waiver for eligible Foster Care recipients. For questions about this program, you can contact:

Social Service Administration
Maryland Department of Human Services
311 West Saratoga Street, Baltimore, MD 21201


For more information, please call (240) 660-3633 or email