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Foster Care and Higher Education

Tuition Waivers By State

Below is more detailed information regarding the state legislation, the link to the waiver detail or application, and the contact person/liaison for the state offering the waiver.  Any questions or inquires, please email us at dayangel@uw.edu.

 

Alabama

Educational Training Voucher Information
http://www.dhr.alabama.gov/documents/Chafee_Educ_Trnng_Voucher_Program.pdf

Educational Training Voucher Application
https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=westanniston

 

Alaska

Educational Training Voucher
http://dhss.alaska.gov/ocs/Pages/independentliving/etv.aspx

University of Alaska Presidential Foster Youth Tuition Waiver
Legislation: HB 300Z/SB27
http://www.legis.state.ak.us/PDF/26/BILLS/HB0300Z.pdf
Tuition Waiver Program
http://dhss.alaska.gov/ocs/Pages/independentliving/etv.aspx

State Contact 
Yvonne L. Hill, MSW
Social Services Program Officer, Services Array
Office of Children's Services
P.O.Box 110630
Juneau, AK 99811-0630
Yvonne.hill@alaska.gov

 

Arizona

Educational Training Voucher
https://www.fc2sprograms.org/arizona/

ETV Participation Agreement 
https://www.fc2sprograms.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2018/10/AZ1819.pdf

Tuition Waiver Program  
http://www.fc2sprograms.org/arizona/
State Legislation, SB 1208
http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/51leg/1r/bills/sb1208h.htm&Session_ID=110

State Contact
Arizona Independent Living Coordinator
Barbara Guillen
bguillen@azdes.gov

 

Arkansas

Arkansas Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
The Arkansas Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program offers funds to youth in foster care and former foster youth up to age 26 to enable them to attend colleges, universities, and vocational training institutions. Students may receive up to $5000 a year for four years as they pursue higher education. The funds may be used for tuition, books, or other qualified costs of attendance. These funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
https://humanservices.arkansas.gov/about-dhs/dcfs/programs-services

 

California

California Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/

 

Colorado

Colorado Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://www.fc2sprograms.org/colorado/

ETV Participation Agreement 
https://www.fc2sprograms.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2018/10/AZ1819.pdf

 

Connecticut

Post-Secondary Education Program 
State Policy

Connecticut Department of Children & Families:  Policy Manual Support Program and Services.
Post-Secondary School Education Expenses Policy 42-20-20 for youth from foster care

College Assistance/ Post Secondary Education Assistance for Adopted Children
https://portal.ct.gov/DCF/CTFosterAdopt/Adoption#College

Post-Secondary Education Program
DCF 2097- Application for Financial Assistance for Post Secondary Education

State Contact 
Independent Living Coordinator,
Lisa Driscoll,
lisa.driscoll@ct.gov
 

Delaware

Delaware Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://scholarships.delawaregoestocollege.org/education-and-training-voucher-etv/

Education and Training Voucher Application
https://kids.delaware.gov/fs/independent-living.shtml

Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families Independent Living Contact Information:
Sophia Cywinski
Independent Living Program Manager
Telephone: 302-383-5890
Email: sophia.cywinski@delaware.gov
Mailing Address: 1825 Faulkland Rd, Wilmington, DE 19805

 

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Education and Training Voucher Program
https://www.fc2sprograms.org/washington-d-c/

 

Florida

Tuition and Fee Exemption Program: https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/independent-living/tuition-fee-exemption.shtml

State Legislation-240.235(5) http://www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_Mode=Display_Statute&URL=Ch0240/Sec235.htm&StatuteYear=2000

For questions regarding eligibility or how to obtain a Tuition and Fee Exemption for Students Receiving or Formerly Receiving Services from the Department of Children and Families form, CF-FSP 5220, use one of the following methods:

Florida’s Independent Living Resource Center serves as an information clearinghouse to address all areas of Independent Living Services
CALL 1-844-ILYOUTH (1-844-459-6884)
State Legislation-240.235(5)

State Contact

Brandi McCabe
Youth and Young Adult Transition Services Specialist
Florida Department of Children and Families
Building 1, Room 303K
1317 Winewood Boulevard
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0700
850-717-4218

Positive Pathways
Positive Pathways is a program sponsored by Educate Tomorrow Corps and the Florida Department of Children and Families.The program's mission is to support student support professionals who help youth from foster care transition to and through college. 

Dr. Steve J. Rios, Ed. D.
Senior Director
Positive Pathways Program
Educate Tomorrow
(954) 990-3848

Pathways@EducateTomorrow.org                                          
https://www.positivepathwaysflorida.org/

State Contact
Becky Pengelley
Department of Children and Families
Campus Coach Project Lead
becky.pengelley@myflfamilies.com
 

Georgia

Georgia Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://embarkgeorgia.org/etv

Georgia Resilient, Youth Centered, Stable and Empowered (GA RYSE) Program is Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services Independent Living Program Independent Living Program.
http://www.garyse-ilp.org/

Questions: Contact your Independent Living Specialist directly.  You can also contact the Fanning ETV team at etv@fanning.uga.edu.

 

Hawaii

Hawaii Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://shakatown.com/youth/education?page=financial_help

Hawaii Independent Living Program
https://humanservices.hawaii.gov/ssd/home/child-welfare-services/ilp/

 

Idaho

Idaho Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Portals/0/Children/AdoptionFoster/ETVDescription.pdf

 

Illinois

Illinois Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://www2.illinois.gov/dcfs/aboutus/notices/documents/cfs_449-3_application_for_education_and_training_voucher_funds_(fillable).pdf

Community College Payment Program
State Policy 
http://www.illinois.gov/dcfs/brighterfutures/independence/Documents/YIS.pdf 

Department of Children and Family Services
http://www.illinois.gov/dcfs/brighterfutures/independence/CYE/Pages/Continuing-Your-Education.aspx 

Illinois Tuition Waiver Legislation
Public Act 100-1045

http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/fulltext.asp?Name=100-1045

State Contact
Illinois Department of Child and Family Services
Education Advisers 
1-815-753-5562
Youth Hotline
1-866-459-6884

 

Indiana

Indiana Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://indianaetv.org

 

Iowa

Iowa Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/ETV

All Iowa Opportunity Scholarship
Priority for students who age out of foster care
https://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/AllIowaOpportunityScholarship

Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant
http://www.iowaaftercare.org/PDF%20files/All%20Iowa%20Opportunity%20Foster%20Care%20Grant%20(AIOFCG).pdf

State Contact
Iowa Department of Human Services
Tonia Smith
tsmith2@dhs.state.ia.us

 

Kansas

Kansas Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/PPS/Pages/Education-and-Training-Voucher.aspx

Kansas Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program Appilcation
http://www.dcf.ks.gov/services/PPS/Documents/PPM_Forms/Section_7000_Forms/PPS7001.pdf

Kansas Foster Child Education Assistance Program
http://www.kansasregents.org/resources/PDF/641-2010FosterCareWaiverApp8AFCEdassistanceapplication.pdf 
State Legislation: 
K.S.A. 75-53,112, http://www.ksrevisor.org/statutes/chapters/ch75/075_053_0112.html

State Contact
Department of Children and Families Independent Living Coordinator
Stacy Tidwell 
Stacy.tidwell@dcf.ks.gov

 

Kentucky 

Tuition Waiver for foster and adopted children
http://louisville.edu/financialaid/tuition-waivers/tuition-waiver-for-foster-and-adopted-children

State Legislation
KRS164.2847(5)           
https://apps.legislature.ky.gov/law/statutes/statute.aspx?id=46316

State Contact 
Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Independent Living Coordinator
Paula Saenz
paula.saenz@ky.gov

 

Louisiana

Louisiana Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
http://www.dcfs.louisiana.gov/assets/docs/searchable/Child%20Welfare/YouthLink/ETV_Flyer.pdf

 

Maine 

Post Secondary Education Tuition Waiver Program for Foster Care
http://www.famemaine.com/maine_grants_loans/tuition-waiver-program/
State Policy 
http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/cw/post.htm 

State Legislation
Title 20: Part 5: Chapter 429: http://legislature.maine.gov/legis/statutes/20-A/title20-Asec12572.html

State Contact:
Youth must submit an application form to the Finance Authority of Maine in order to qualify for the waiver. Waivers are awarded on a competitive basis. You may obtain an application form from:

Finance Authority of Maine
5 Community Drive
Augusta, Maine 04333
Education@famemaine.com
Tel: 1-800-228-3734, or (207) 623-3263

 

Maryland

Maryland Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://www.fc2sprograms.org/maryland/

Tuition Waiver for Foster Care Recipients 
http://mhec.maryland.gov/preparing/Pages/FinancialAid/ProgramDescriptions/prog_fostercare.aspx

State Legislation
Section 15-106.1 of the Education Article of the Maryland Annotated Code
http://law.justia.com/codes/maryland/2005/ged/15-106.1.html 

State Contacts
Maryland Higher Education Commission
OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
Donna E. Thomas, Director 
1-800-974-0203 
donnae.thomas@maryland.gov

Steven T. Youngblood, LCSW-C
Director of Foster Care Policy and Practice
Department of Human Resources
311 W. Saratoga Street                                                                                   
Baltimore MD, 21201
Steven.Youngblood@Maryland.gov

 

Massachusetts

Massachusetts Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://www.mass.gov/service-details/adolescent-tuition-assistance

Foster Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program
http://www.mass.edu/osfa/programs/dcffoster.asp 

State Legislation: Part I Administration of the Government, Title II Executive and administrative officers of the commonwealth, Chapter 15 A Section 19 Public Education Title 2
https://malegislature.gov/Laws/GeneralLaws/PartI/TitleII/Chapter15A/Section19

State Contact
MA Dept of Higher Education
Office of Student Financial Assistance
Department of Children and Families Adopted Child Tuition Waiver and Fee Assistance Program 
Michelle Banks
Adolescent Program Supervisor
Massachusetts Department of Children and Families
600 Washington St.
Boston, MA 02111
michelle.banks@state.ma.us
 
For complete program guidelines please visit www.osfa.mass.edu. For more information about program deadlines and requirements, contact the Massachusetts Office of Student Financial Assistance at (617) 391-6070.  For the Department of Children and Families please call (617) 748-2000. 

 

Michigan

Michigan Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://mietv.samaritas.org

 

Minnesota

Minnesota Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://mn.gov/dhs/people-we-serve/children-and-families/services/adolescent-services/programs-services/education-and-training-voucher.jsp

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System Procedures

Chapter 5 – Administration Procedures associated with Board Policy 5.12
http://www.minnstate.edu/board/procedure/512p2.html

 

Missouri 

Missouri  Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://dss.mo.gov/cd/older-youth-program/education.htm

Missouri Reach
http://dss.mo.gov/cd/info/cwmanual/section4/ch21/sec4ch21sub3.htm#n21372

Missouri Reach brochure
https://dss.mo.gov/cd/older-youth-program/files/missouri-reach-brochure.pdf

State Legislation

Missouri Statute 173.270 Foster care or residential care students, waiver of tuition and fees
http://revisor.mo.gov/main/OneSection.aspx?section=173.270&bid=8815&hl=

State Contact
Sally A. Gaines, MSW
Program Development Specialist
Older Youth Program
Children's Division
P.O. Box 88
Jefferson City, MO 65103
Sally.A.Gaines@dss.mo.gov

 

Montana

Montana  Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://www.reachhighermontana.org/foster-care

 

Nebraska

Nebraska  Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
http://www.central-plains.org/etv.html

 

Nevada

Nevada Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
http://www.childrenscabinet.org/family-youth/youth-education-and-training/foster-youth-support

Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents Tuition Waiver
https://nshe.nevada.edu/2018/09/board-of-regents-approve-nevada-foster-care-fee-waiver-initiative/

 

New Hampshire  

New Hampshire  Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcyf/aftercare.htm

Tuition Waiver for Children in State Foster Care or Guardianship
http://www.ccsnh.edu/tuition-waiver-foster-children 

State Legislation
Chapter 187-A, State College and University System
Title XV, Section 187-A:20-b http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/rsa/html/xv/187-A/187-A-20-b.htm

State Contact 
Rob Rodler
Adolescent Program Specialist
Division for Children, Youth and Families
Sununu Youth Services Center
1056 N. River Road
Manchester, NH 03104
Email: rrodler@dhhs.state.nh.us
 

New Jersey

New Jersey Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://www.embrella.org/pdf/scholarship/njfc-overview.pdf

https://www.fafsonline.org/njfc-scholars-program

State Legislation
Title 30. Chapter 4C. Article VIII. (New) Statewide Tuition Waiver  Program. §§1-5 -C.30:4C-101
http://www.njleg.state.nj.us/2002/Bills/AL03/132_.PDF

State Contact 
Michele Safrin, MSW
Administrator
Office of Educational Support and Programs
New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Michele.Safrin@dcf.state.nj.us

Marjorie Blicharz, M.Ed
Director of Scholarship Programs
Foster and Adoptive Family Services
mblicharz@fafsonline.org
 

New Mexico

http://albuquerquefoundation.org/uploads/files/Tuition%20Waiver%20Brochure.pdf 
State Legislation
CS/SB 206
Foster Care System Tuition Waiver
http://www.nmlegis.gov/Sessions/14%20regular/LESCAnalysis/SB0206.PDF
https://cyfd.org/terrific-teens/educational-support/

State Contact
Maya McKnight
Youth Services Bureau Chief
CYFD/Protective Services Division
Maya.Mcknight@state.nm.us

 

New York

New York Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/ddps/adolescent/etv.asp

 

North Carolina

North Carolina Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://www.fc2sprograms.org/north-carolina/

Tuition and Fee Waivers
State Legislation
Chapter 115B-2  http://www.ncleg.net/EnactedLegislation/Statutes/PDF/ByChapter/Chapter_115B.pdf

North Carolina Reach
https://www.ncreach.org/faq/

​State Contact
Danielle McConaga, MSW
State Links Independent Living Program Coordinator
Division of Social Services, Child Welfare Services
NC Department of Health & Human Services
Danielle.McConaga@dhhs.nc.gov
 

North Dakota

North Dakota Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
http://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/childfamily/fostercare/chafee.html

 

Ohio

Ohio Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://www.fc2sprograms.org/ohio

 

Oklahoma 

Oklahoma Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://oksa.ou.edu/content/education-and-training-voucher-etv

Tuition Waivers  
https://secure.okcollegestart.org/Financial_Aid_Planning/Scholarships/Miscellaneous_Scholarships/Independent_Living_Act.aspx 
State Legislation 
10A Oklahoma Children and Juvenile Code, Section 1-9-107 & 2010 
http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/DeliverDocument.asp?CiteID=445839

State Contact
Linette McMurtrey
Scholarship Programs Coordinator
Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education
655 Research Parkway, Suite 200 Oklahoma City, OK  73104
lmcmurtrey@osrhe.edu

 

Oregon

Oregon Chafee Education and Training Grant  
https://oregonstudentaid.gov/chafee-etg.aspx

Waive Tuition and Fees for current or former foster child under 25 years of age.
Oregon Tuition & Fee Waiver FAQ: https://oregonstudentaid.gov/grants-doc/TuitionWaiverQuickFacts.pdf

Oregon University System Q&A for Students: Foster Youth Tuition and Fee Waiver (HB 3417)
https://www.eou.edu/fao/files/2011/08/FosterYouthQAfinal.pdf​

State Contact 
Sandy Raschko
Independent Living Program
Human Services Building
500 Summer Street NE, E76
Salem, OR  97301-1064
Sandra.RASCHKO@state.or.us

Peggy Cooksey
Grants Administrator
Oregon Student Access Commission
1500 Valley River Dr. Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
peggy.d.cooksey@state.or.us
http://www.oregonstudentaid.gov/
Toll-free: 1-800-452-8807

 

Rhode Island

State Policy

Department of Children, Youth and Families’ Higher Education Opportunity Incentive Grant Program Policy
TITLE 42 State Affairs and Government
CHAPTER 42-72.8 Department of Children, Youth, and Families' Higher Education Opportunity Incentive Grant Section 42-72.8-2
http://www.dcyf.ri.gov/policyregs/higher_education_opportunity_incentive_grant_program_policy.htm

State Legislation
http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/Statutes/title42/42-72.8/42-72.8-2.HTM

​State Contact 
Mike Burk 
Assistant to the Director 
Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families
mike.burk@dcyf.ri.gov

 

South Carolina

South Carolina Independent Living Guidelines Booklet, Criteria for Chafee and Education and Training Voucher Recipients
https://dss.sc.gov/foster-care/independent-living/

Need-Based Grants for Foster Youth
http://www.che.sc.gov/Students,FamiliesMilitary/PayingForCollege/FinancialAssistanceAvailable/ScholarshipsGrantsforSCResidents/SCNeed-basedGrantProgram.aspx 

State Legislation

South Carolina Part 1B H03-Commission on Higher, Section 11.9, (Need Based Grants for Foster Youth)
http://www.scstatehouse.gov/query.php?search=DOC&searchtext=Federalist%20papers&category=BUDGET&year=2015&version_id=0&return_page=&version_title=Governor%27s%20Proposed&conid=7730244&result_pos=0&keyval=30283&numrows=10

State Contact
Tanya Weigold
Scholarships and Grants
tmartin@che.sc.gov
 

South Dakota

South Dakota Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  
https://dss.sd.gov/childprotection/independentlivingprogram/educationtraining.aspx

 

Tennessee

Chafee ETV Scholarship
https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/dcs/documents/youthintransition/youth-resources/FinancialAidandScholarships.pdf

Tennessee Promise
A scholarship program offering TN high school graduates two years of community or technical college tuition-free.
http://driveto55.org/initiatives/tennessee-promise/

 

Texas

Texas Tuition Waiver
http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Protection/Youth_and_Young_Adults/Education/state_college_tuition_waiver.asp

​State Legislation
Texas Education Code §54.366-.367: Exemptions for Students under Conservatorship of Department of Family and Protective Services 
http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/Docs/ED/htm/ED.54.htm 

State Contact
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
5425 Polk St, Houston, TX 77023
Mail Code W-157
www.dfps.state.tx.us
www.texasyouthconnection.org

 

Utah

Utah Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://jobs.utah.gov/wioa/07_145.pdf

 

Vermont

Vermont Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://www.vsac.org/pay/student-aid-options/scholarships/foster-care-youth

 

Virginia

Virginia Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://dss.virginia.gov/family/fc/etv.cgi

Community College Tuition Grant 
https://www.dss.virginia.gov/family/fc/independent.cgi      
State Legislation:
3-7.4:5. Grant for tuition and fees for certain individuals http://law.onecle.com/virginia/educational-institutions/23-7.4:5.html

Great Expectations, connecting foster youth with college success
http://greatexpectations.vccs.edu/

State Contact
Laurie Owens 
Virginia Community College System
300 Arboretum Place, Suite 200
Richmond, Virginia 23236
Director of Financial Aid
lowens@vccs.edu 

 

Washington

Washington Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sites/default/files/SESA/publications/documents/22-1193.pdf

Passport to College Promise Scholarship
https://readysetgrad.wa.gov/college/passport-foster-youth-promise-program

Passport to College Incentive Grant Summary
https://www.wsac.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2018.PassportGrantInformation.pdf

Passport for Foster Youth Scholarship Consent Form
https://readysetgrad.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2017.03.passportconsentform.pdf

State Contact 
Dawn Cypriano-McAferty

Program Manager, Washington Student Achievement Council
dawnc@wsac.wa.gov

      

West Virginia

West Virginia Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
http://www.itsmymove.org/MyFuture.php

Tuition waivers for high school graduates in foster care 
State Legislation
Chapter §18B: Article10-7b.
http://www.wvlegislature.gov/Bill_Text_HTML/2000_SESSIONS/RS/Bills/hb4784%20intr.htm

Foster Care College Tuition Waiver
https://wvsystemofcare.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Foster-Care-College-Tuition-Waiver.pdf

State Contact
Tina Faber
Program Manager, MODIFY with CED
WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities
4510 Pennsylvania Ave. Suite B
Charleston, WV 25302
tina.l.faber@wv.gov

 

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youthservices/college

 

Wyoming

Wyoming Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program
http://dfsweb.wyo.gov/social-services/independent-living-program