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 in Chafee Foster Care Independence Program Services
- Were adopted or obtained legal guardianship from foster care after your 16th birthday
Additionally, you must:
- Be between 17 and 20 years old when first applying to the ETV Program
- Be participating in a higher education program (if you participate by your 21st birthday you may remain eligible until age 23 as long as you are making satisfactory progress)
- Have a high school diploma or equivalent
- Not have personal assets (bank account, car, home, etc.) worth more than $10,000
- Demonstrate academic success or motivation in school or a training program (generally a "C" average or its equivalency or as otherwise agreed upon with the plan)
- Be accepted to an accredited or pre-accredited public or non-profit college/university and vocational school or certified training program
- Explore and utilize any other appropriate scholarships, grants, and financial assistance
- Offer reasonable assurance you will graduate from the educational or training program
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 who left care at age 18 or after but have not reached age 21 (room and board assistance may also be available to eligible youth 21-23 if they are enrolled full-time in a post-secondary educational or training program)
- 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.