Education Training Voucher

Post-secondary education is the path that most students will take to find good jobs. Post-secondary education may take the form of a certificate program, an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s degree. For each additional certificate or degree achieved, the greater the likelihood of increased earnings.

According to the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University, the United States will need 22 million new workers with college degrees by the year 2018.

What is the Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program?

The ETV Program is a component of the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program that provides financial assistance to youth formerly in foster care to attend an institute of higher education.

What is the Definition of an Institution of Higher Education?

The Higher Education Act of 1965 is used to define an institution of higher education for the purposes of administering ETV.

What is the Cost of Attendance?

The cost of attendance is used to determine the size of the voucher that a student may receive. The Higher Education Act of 1965 is used to calculate the cost of attending a post-secondary education program.

What ETV Guidelines are provided to States and Tribes?

Section 477 of the Social Security Act outlines conditions that states and tribes must follow when administering the ETV Program.

What Funds are available to my State or Tribe for ETV?

Funding allocations to states and tribes are issued each year from the Children’s Bureau.  States and tribes must formally request the funds as part of the Annual Progress and Services Report (APSR).

Where can I find answers to questions about ETV?

The Child Welfare Policy manual on the Children’s Bureau web site provides official answers to commonly asked questions about ETV.

What are Tuition Waivers?

Even before the advent of Education and Training Vouchers, many states offered tuition waivers for students to attend post-secondary institutions in their state.