To provide financial assistance of up to $5,000 annually to help current and former foster youth ages 16 up to 23 to begin, continue or complete postsecondary education and training programs.Eligibility Requirements
Youth participating in the education and training voucher program on their 21st birthday can remain eligible until age 23 as long as they are enrolled and making satisfactory progress toward completing their postsecondary education or training program.
Eligible Students must enroll in a minimum of 6 semester hours.Eligible Institutions
The voucher may be used at any Texas or out of state public or private educational institution that is accredited or granted pre-accredited status. Most public institutions of higher education have designated a Liaison Officer to provide assistance to their students formerly under the conservancy of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. List of Designated LiaisonsAward Amount
The education and training voucher is used to cover the college's estimated cost of attendance (tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, child care and some personal expenses, etc.).Application Process
Visit Texas ETV at http://discoverbcfs.net/texasetv or call 1-877-268-4063 to talk to an ETV Coordinator. Students may also contact the regional Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) staff to discuss eligibility and college enrollment. Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Staff ContactsAdditional Information
Achieving Success: Guidance for Colleges to Better Support Foster Youth is a resource guide for College Liaisons. It highlights recommendations of actions that colleges can take to improve access to higher education for foster youth nationwide, pledges that colleges can take to create tangible change on their campuses, and information about tuition waiver options for foster youth. The pledges (pgs. 12-13) are a start to creating college support groups on campus.