Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
The Education & Training Voucher (ETV) Program is a national program for youth who qualify and are likely to age out of the foster care system.
ETV offers financial assistance to eligible current and former foster youth to attend an accredited college, university, vocational or technical college. The ETV program helps students in their own efforts to secure financial aid to enroll in college.
The maximum ETV award is $5,000. Awards are unique to each student and are based on the cost of attendance formula established by their college of choice and any unmet need they may have within their financial aid award. The total ETV award cannot exceed the cost of attendance, so not every student will receive a full $5,000.
ETV awards can help fund tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation and other school-related costs.
Do I qualify for the Education and Training Voucher Program?
The ETV program provides financial assistance for current and former foster youth for college. You may be eligible if you are enrolled in an accredited college and pursuing a certificate or degree and meet any one of the following:
- You are 16 years old or older, are currently involved in dependency action in a Washington state or tribal court, are in the custody of the Department of Social and Health Services or a tribal child welfare agency, and are in foster care.*
- You are age 18 to 20 and exited state or tribal foster care because you reached the age of majority at age 18. Youth who exited foster care in a state other than Washington may be eligible for the Washington ETV program.
- You are age 16 to 20 and left Washington state or tribal foster care at age 16 or older for an adoptive or relative guardianship placement.
- You are age 21 to 23 and received ETV funds before your 21st birthday.
If determined eligible, you may receive funds each academic year as long as you are meeting your institutions Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy and ETV requirements.
*"Foster care" means 24-hour per day temporary substitute care for a child placed away from the child's parents and for whom the Department of Social of Health Services, a licensed or certified child placing agency, or a tribe has placement and care responsibility. This includes but is not limited to placements in foster family homes, foster homes of relatives, licensed group homes, emergency shelters, staffed residential facilities, and pre-adoptive homes, regardless of whether the Department licenses the home or facility and/or makes payments for care of the child.
ETV Program Guidelines:
ETV Program Applications:
2014-15 ETV Application Dates:
- ETV Program and Passport to College Promise Scholarship 2014-2015 Application
- ETV Renewal Application
- ETV Dual Credit/Running Start Program Application - The ETV Dual Credit application is for students who are enrolled in an eligible program where you are earning a high school diploma and taking college credits toward a degree at an accredited college or university. Not all programs are eligible. To verify the program you are or plan to enroll in is eligible, contact the ETV program.
ETV Program Forms:
Want more information?
Email ETVWASH@dshs.wa.gov or call (877) 433-8388.
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