Education vouchers are federal funds made available to states through the Chafee Foster Care Independence Act. Education vouchers are intended to help current and former foster care youth pay for postsecondary education.
Youth must be under age 26 by the application due date and accepted into an accredited postsecondary education institution or training. Youth must also meet ONE of the following criteria:
Youth previously awarded an ETV must meet all of the following criteria:
The maximum amount per year is $5,000 per student. Youth must apply for other sources of financial aid as well. In addition to tuition, books and fees, education vouchers may be used for room and board, child care, transportation, computers, and other expenses the student may need to cover to make a post secondary education possible.
The amount of an education voucher award is based on the amount of other aid you are receiving and an estimated living expenses budget which is a part of the application.
The application is available on the Minnesota Department of Human Services Education and Training Voucher website.
Students must reapply each year to be considered for ETV funds.
ETV applications are accepted between July 1 and April 1. Students starting post-secondary education in the fall semester (July 1-Dec. 31), apply for the year and can receive an award of up to $5,000. Students starting spring semester (Jan. 1-June 30) apply for spring semester and receive an award up to $2,500. ETV awards are based on the student’s need and the availability of funds.