Education Training Voucher (ETV) Program

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The Education Training Voucher (ETV) program is a federally funded program, administered by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, with the guidance of the Colorado Department of Human Services to provide funding and support for post-secondary education.


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). 

Fact Sheet

You can view the ETV Program fact sheet here.

To Apply

Students need to fill out the following ETV application; and 

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 to get connected to your foster care navigator.

For questions, IHE financial aid directors, please contact