Washington D.C.

The Washington D.C. Education and Training Voucher Program offers funds to foster youth and former foster youth to enable them to attend colleges, universities and vocational training institutions. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year for four years as they pursue higher education. The funds may be used for tuition, books or qualified living expenses. These funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis to students out of the Washington D.C. foster care system. 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 either:
    • in CFSA foster care on or after your 15th birthday OR
    • adopted from foster care with the adoption finalized AFTER your 16th birthday.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen.
  • You must be at least 18 but younger than 21 to apply for the first time. You may reapply for ETV funds, if you have a current grant, up to the age of 23.
  • 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.

For more information, please contact washingtondc@statevoucher.org.


Click HERE to begin the application process.  

Download your application documents HERE.


D.C. ETV will support students attending school in any state; however, the local colleges listed below are also excellent choices:

American University (D.C. – private)

Anne Arundel Community College (Maryland – community college)

Bowie State University (Maryland – HBCU)

The Catholic University of America (D.C. – private)

Coppin State University (Maryland – HBCU)

George Mason University (Virginia – public)

Georgetown University (D.C. – private)

The George Washington University (D.C. – private)

Howard Community College (Maryland – community college)

Howard University (D.C. – HBCU)

Montgomery College (Maryland – community college)

Morgan State University (Maryland – HBCU)

Northern Virginia Community College (Virginia – community college)

Prince George’s Community College (Maryland – community college)

Trinity Washington University (D.C. – private)

University of the District of Columbia (D.C. – public)

University of the District of Columbia Community College (D.C. – community college) For information on the open-access arm of the University of the District of Columbia, call (202) 274-5800.