Applying for ETV funds

ETV funds provide funding of up to $5,000 per year, to assist with foster care youth in their pursuit of a college, vocational or technical training program. Eligibility requirements: Must be a foster care youth, between 18-20 years old, who either "aged out" of foster care, or was adopted after his/her 16th birthday.

Filling Out the FAFSA

2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act was signed into law by President Bush on September 27, 2007. This act amended the definition of an “independent student” by adding the following three categories:*
  • Student who is an orphan, in foster care, or a ward of the court, at any time when the student was 13 years of age or older
  • Student who is an emancipated minor or is in legal guardianship as determined by the court in their state of legal residence
  • Applicant is verified as an unaccompanied youth who is homeless or at risk of homelessness and self-supporting

*Please note: The young person only needs to fit into one of the above categories in order to be eligible to claim independent status. The act does not specify the length of time spent in foster care or the reason for exiting foster care. The National Association of Financial Aid Administrators has compiled answers regarding specific FAFSA questions.