Education and Training Vouchers
The Educational and Training Voucher Program (ETV) gives the Children's Division the opportunity to provide educational and training funds to assist eligible youth interested in pursuing a higher education to reach their goals. The Missouri ETV program is administered by Foster Care to Success.
Who is eligible?
You may be eligible for an Education and Training Voucher if you:
- Are currently eligible for the Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood
- Were adopted or obtained legal guardianship from foster care after your 16th birthday
Additionally, you must:
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- If not attending school yet, be accepted to an accredited or pre-accredited public or non-profit college/university and vocational school or certified training program
- If attending school, making satisfactory progress (generally a "C" average or its equivalency or as otherwise agreed upon with the plan)
- Not have personal assets (bank account, car, home, etc.) worth more than $10,000
- Explore and utilize any other appropriate scholarships, grants, and financial assistance
- Offer reasonable assurance you will graduate from the educational or training program
- Assistance is limited to 5 years total up to a youth's 26th birthday
What help is available?
If you are eligible, you may receive up to $5,000 per year or the total "cost of attendance." The cost of attendance includes:
- Tuition and fees
- Room and board for former foster youth
- Rental or purchase of required equipment, materials or supplies (including a computer)
- Allowance for books, supplies, transportation, etc.
- Special study projects
How do I apply?
To apply for post-secondary education/training assistance, you must complete the application and submit the required forms, which include:
- ETV Student Cashier Statement
- ETV Financial Aid Release Form
- Federal Financial Student Aid Application (FASFA)
All applicants must have an active email account. If you do not have an email account currently, one can be created for free through the ETV website.
ETV assistance will be reviewed and made on a semester basis. Students must reapply online for every new school year. In addition, they must complete and submit a new Financial Aid Release Forms and Cashier Statements every term.
Older Youth Transition Specialists assist with eligibility determination once a student has applied on-line.