The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program assists eligible foster care and adopted teens or young adults with post-secondary education and training expenses. It is designed to help teens or young adults aging out of foster care with the education, training and services needed for employment.
Program funds can be applied toward, but not limited to, colleges, universities, community colleges, vocational programs, and one-year training institutions.
- Tuition and fees
- Room and board
- Rental or purchase of required equipment, materials or supplies (including a computer)
- Allowance for books, supplies and transportation
- Required residential training
- Special study projects
- Child care
- Other related expenses
Eligible students must be between 14 - 25 years of age, hold a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) certificate, enrolled or planning to enroll in a post-secondary education or vocational training program, and meet one of the following requirements:
- Currently in foster care or Fostering Futures
- Have aged out of foster care or left Fostering Futures after turning 18
- Have left foster care through adoption or the Kinship Guardianship Assistance Program after turning 16
Applicants must maintain a 2.0 grade point average or make satisfactory progress, and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), if applicable. Students can access ETV funds for a maximum of five years until their 26th birthday, and must apply annually to remain eligible.
Completed applications should be submitted to the local department of social services where the student is, or most recently was, in foster care or Fostering Futures.
For More Information
To learn more about eligibility, access the ETV application or other program requirements, visit FosterMyFuture.com. For additional assistance, contact your local department of social services or the ETV Program Office at (804) 726-7905 or VA.ILP@dss.virginia.gov.