Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Grant

The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Grant provides awards of up to $5,000 per year to students who age out of foster care and students who are adopted after age 16. Grant awards are sent directly to the college or university and can be used to pay for tuition/fees, room/board, book/supplies and personal/living expenses.

ETV funds can be used during the summer if the student has not received the entire $5,000 during the prior academic year. Funding can be used for undergraduate and graduate programs starting in the fall of 2016. Priority for funding will be given to undergraduate students. If funding is available after July 1 of each year, graduate level applicants may be awarded in date-received order.  Graduate students need to complete the standard applications and also email the ETV coordinator information on your graduate level program of study.

 

Eligibility Criteria

Student must be/have been:

  • The age of 18 or aged out of court-ordered foster care and custody of the DHS/JCS.
  • The age of 18 or aged out of court-ordered foster care and custody of the DHS/JCS and ordered to live with a relative or suitable person.
  • Between the ages of 16 and 21, as of July 1, and was in one of the living situations described above until the age of 18. Student will have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid and the Iowa Financial Aid Application annually, and be eligible and awarded prior to the age of 21, as of July 1, on the day he or she begins college.
  • Previously in Iowa foster care and was legally adopted after the age of 16. Student will be under the age of 21, as of July 1, on the day he or she begins college.

* Students who are enrolled and maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward degree completion at age 21 are eligible to receive ETV until the age of 23 as long as they remain continuously enrolled, this does not include summer. A student's age will be determined by student's age as of July 1 each year.

Required Applications

Required Documents

Students applying for ETV and who will be attending an out-of-state college must:

Tonia Smith
DHS-Child & Family Services
1305 E. Walnut St.
5th Floor
Des Moines, IA  50319
P: 515-281-8797  877-272-4456
F: 515-281-6248
tsmith2@dhs.state.ia.us

Important Dates

  • The 2016-17 Iowa Financial Aid application closes December 1, 2016
  • The 2017-18 Iowa Financial Aid Application will be available October 1, 2016 through December 1,2017.
  • Priority application deadlines for renewal students is March 1.

Printed from the Iowa College Student Aid Commission website on September 27, 2016 at 1:42am.