About this resource
Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funds are available to meet the postsecondary education training needs of youth who have experienced foster care and are enrolled in a qualified higher education program. In Georgia, through a contract with the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services, ETV funds are administered by the JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia. Basic Benefits: State provides up to $12,500 per year, individual institutions may provide additional assistance Ages 18-21: $12,500 Ages 22-23: $10,000 Ages 23-25: $5,000 Financial assistance for tuition, possibly room and board, based on individual college costs and college assistance programs Youth must coordinate participation through the State DFCS Independent Living Program Specialist
- Youth must have been in foster care for at least 6 months (non-consecutive) and in care at 14 years of age or older (see additional criteria below).
- For youth who have achieved permanency through Guardianship or Adoption after the age of 14 - please contact your Independent Living Specialist in order to verify eligibility.
- Can provide support for one undergraduate degree per student
- Must be an accredited post-secondary educational institution
- Funds may be used for a two or four year degree
- Students must be between the ages of 18-25
- Is based on fund availability
- ETV funds are ‘last dollar’ funds, meaning that all other sources of financial aid are applied first and ETV funds can be used to meet unmet need