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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


Primary Criteria: 

  • 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.

Additional Criteria:

  • 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
1240 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30605
United States