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About this resource

The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) is an annual federal grant provided to states to fund youth who have aged out of the foster care system and who are enrolled in college, university, and vocational training programs. Students may receive up to $5,000 a year based on their cost of attendance. They must enroll before their 21st birthday and may continue to receive support for these funds until their 26th birthday as long as all eligibility requirements continue to be met, for up to 5 fiscal years... Funds may be used for tuition, dorm fees, books, student loan repayments, and qualified living expenses.
Funding for the Michigan Education and Training Voucher program is administered by Samaritas.


Young people who experienced foster care eligible for this funding opportunity must meet Michigan's Youth in Transition (YIT) fund eligibility requirements.

Basic requirements are as follows:

  • Youth must be in foster care, adopted from foster care after age 16, or aged out of foster care.
  • For most states, youth must be aged 18-20; however, the age requirement varies by state.
  • Youth must have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Youth must be accepted into or enrolled in a Title IV, accredited college, or vocational/technical training program. 

Additional Documentation Needed - In addition to the application and other forms provided here, additional documentation is required before funds can be disbursed. 

  • Copy of High School Diploma or GED
  • Copy of acceptance letter from the school
  • Copy of class schedule to ensure at least part-time enrollment
  • Copy of post-secondary school transcript to ensure passing grades
  • Copy of financial aid package documenting all financial aid received and financial need
  • Copy of Cost of Tuition indicating balance for the current term