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Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
The Minnesota Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV) helps current and former foster care and adoptive youth attend colleges, universities, vocational or technical programs. Eligible students can receive up to $5,000 per school year to pay for tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation and other school-related costs and living expenses. ETV funds are to complement the student’s own efforts to secure financial assistance to attend post-secondary school. The program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).
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Checking eligibility for ETV
Do I qualify?
First, you need to answer “yes’ to both of these questions:
• Will you be under 21 at the time of the application deadline?
• Have you been accepted into an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education?
If your answer is “yes” to both, also need to be able to answer “yes” to at least one of the following:
• Were you in foster care on or after your 16th birthday, and continue to be in foster care up to or beyond your 18th birthday? or
• Were you adopted from foster care after your 16th birthday? or.
• Were you in foster care on or after your 16th birthday when a relative/kin accepted a transfer of permanent legal and physical custody? or.
• Were you under state guardianship on your 18th birthday (also known as “state wards”)?
Finally, can you answer “yes” to one of these three questions about where you live:
• Do you live in a Minnesota county or on an American Indian reservation?
• Were you in a foster care placement in Minnesota through an Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC) and continue to live in Minnesota?
• If you were in a foster care placement in another state, did you move to Minnesota to live and go to school?
Suppose I live in another state?
If you received an ETV in another state, you must continue to apply to that state for an ETV even if you have moved to Minnesota. If you left a foster care placement in Minnesota and have since moved to another state but have not received an ETV from Minnesota, you should apply in the state where you now live. Go to the National Resource Center’s state page to find the contact person in that state.
All eligible students should apply to the Minnesota ETV program.
Where do I get an application form?
Eligible students must complete an ETV online application each year they need funds for post-secondary school. Applications are reviewed for funds if they are submitted during one of the application deadline dates and if the application is complete.
A complete application is the application, a finalized budget and all the required supporting documents. Only the required documents should be attached to the application. Students should start the application after they obtained the supporting documents, answered the essay questions and developed their budget.
Meeting ETV application deadlines
Other supporting documents?
First-time applicants must submit a:
A post-secondary school acceptance letter, if you changed schools since your last ETV application
First-time applicants must answer these questions: What are your future educational and career goals? What is your field of study and why have you chosen it? Why does it interest you?
Renewing applicants must answer these questions: What are your future educational and career goals? In what ways did you progress toward meeting those goals during the last school year? What are your accomplishments and what gives you satisfaction about them? How can the ETV program provide meaningful support for you in your educational achievements?
Develop a budget
• This budget worksheet (link) may be helpful.
• The ETV Program Expense Guidelines (PDF) document contains detailed information on what ETV funds can pay for and the documentation needed for payment.
Any other forms?
County or tribal social services staff and other agency staff can use the Minnesota Eligibility Verification form (PDF): to verify foster care placements or state ward status for students applying for post-secondary schools.
Who can answer my questions about the ETV application process?
Email questions to DHS.ETVcoordinator@state.mn.us or call 651-431-4663.