The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program is a federally funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The program provides Colorado residents who are currently or have previously been in foster care and are between the ages of 17 to 25 with financial support for post-secondary education at a college, university, vocational, technical, or trade school. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students.
- Eligibility Criteria
The student must be a current or former foster student who meet these criteria:
• Has been accepted into/enrolled in a degree, certificate, or other accredited program at a college, university, technical, or vocational school
• To remain eligible for ETV funding, youth must show progress toward a certificate of completion, associate, bachelor’s, or postgraduate degree; and
• Is at least 17 years old and has not yet reached 26 years old
• Is a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen
In addition, youth must meet one of the following criteria:
• Was in foster care on or after their 14th birthday
• Had a finalized adoption with adoption assistance on or after their 16th birthday
• Had a guardianship assistance established on or after their 16th birthday; or
• Was in Division of Youth Services community placement on or after their 14th birthday
- Amount of Funding
ETV Grant recipients can receive a maximum amount of $5,000 per year.
The maximum number of years a student can receive ETV funding is five (5) years, (consecutive or intermittent).
Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students.
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- To Apply
Students need to complete an ETV application.
2022-2023 School Year - Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Application (closed)
Students must provide proof of foster care eligibility on a court affidavit or the Confirmation of Foster Care Experience form from the child welfare database. If a student does not have one of those forms, they should contact the County in which they experienced foster care. This may include their caseworker, Chafee worker, or contacting the county’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to request this documentation.
You can find your Colorado county’s DHS contact information here.
Please reach out to your foster care navigator for guidance on filing out the application.
For questions, students, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected to your foster care navigator.
For questions, IHE financial aid directors, please contact email@example.com.