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Foster Care and Higher Education

Tuition Waivers By State

Tuition Waivers are State funded, legislatively mandated that allows public universities to waive the tuition fees for students in foster care who meet certain eligibility requirements. The tuition waivers are usually cover any remaining tuition after other types of financial aid have been processed.

  • As of 2021, there are 35 states that have some type of statewide postsecondary education tuition waiver or scholarship program for students who have been in foster care.
  • 24 states have statewide tuition waivers: Alaska[1], Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, (Dark blue color on the map)
  • 4 states have state funded grant programs for students in foster care are: Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Virginia. (Light blue color on the map)
  • 7 states have state funded scholarship programs for students in foster care are: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, and Washington. (Purple color on the map)
  • 16 states and the District of Columbia have only the Federal Chafee Educational Training Voucher: Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Vermont, Wisconsin and Wyoming (Yellow color on the map)

Chafee Education Training Vouchers

In 2001, Congress created the Chafee Educational and Training Voucher (ETV) Program, which allows Congress to authorize $60 million annually for education and training vouchers. Since 2002, $43 million has been allocated to states and tribes for ETV to be used for post-secondary education or training, including: Tuition, Books, Fees, Housing, up to $5,000 per year.  With the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018, youth from foster care are eligible from ages 14-26 and ETV can be used for 5 years total. All states and the District of Columbia manage the federal Education and Training Voucher program. Information on State Independent Living Coordinators is from the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

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 or Liliana Hernandez at mslhernandez@gmail.com.

 

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

Alabama Fostering Hope Scholarship
https://www.fc2sprograms.org/alabama-fostering-hope-scholarship/

 

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

Alaska Pacific University Promise Tuition Grant for Foster Youth
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 - House Bill 2482, Foster Care Tuition Waiver
https://www.azleg.gov/ars/15/01809-01.htm

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

University of Arkansas Fostering Success Scholarship
https://scholarships.uark.edu/guide-to-academic-freshman-scholarships/additional-funding-opportunities.php

 

California

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

California State University Tuition Waiver for current and former foster care recipients

https://www2.calstate.edu/attend/student-services/foster-youth/Pages/Foster-Care-CSU-Tuition-Fee-Waiver.aspx

Tuition Waiver legislation

Senate Bill 967 Public postsecondary education: waiver of mandatory systemwide tuition and fees: current or former foster youth amended Section 66025.3 of the Education Code

https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billCompareClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180SB967

 

Colorado

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

ETV Participation Agreement
https://www.fc2sprograms.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/11/2019/06/CO1920.pdf

 

Connecticut

Post-Secondary Education Program 
State Policy

Connecticut Department of Children & Families:  Policy Manual, PostSecondary Education Expenses, 28-1, page 13

https://portal.ct.gov/DCF/Policy/Legal/V12

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DCF/Policy/Chapters/28-1.pdf?la=en

College Assistance/ Post Secondary Education Assistance for Adopted Children, 25-2, page 10

https://portal.ct.gov/-/media/DCF/Policy/Chapters/25-2-New.pdf?la=en

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

Educational Training Voucher
https://kids.delaware.gov/fs/independent-living.shtml

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

Florida Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program

https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/independent-living/postsecondary-education-services.shtml

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 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.

Tuition Waiver
Georgia Code Title 20. Education § 20-3-660
https://codes.findlaw.com/ga/title-20-education/ga-code-sect-20-3-660.html

Candis L. Jones, LAPC
GARYSE/Chafee Program Director
Georgia Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Children Services
2 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 26-293
Atlanta, GA 30303
Candis.Jones@dhs.ga.gov

 

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 

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

Tristan Lynn
ETV Coordinator
Iowa Department of Human Services
tristan.lynn@iowa.gov

State Legislation
Iowa Code 2020, Section 261.87 All Iowa opportunity scholarship program and fund
https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/code/261.87.pdf

 

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
Michelle Reichart
State Independent Living (IL)/ETV Program Manager
Kanasas Department for Children and Families 
Michelle.Reichart@ks.gov

 

Kentucky 

Education Training Voucher

https://www.kheaa.com/pdf/pubs/ky/getin/KYGIch2Part2.pdf

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
Lorraine Wilbur
State Independent Living (IL) Coordinator
lorraine.wilbur@ky.gov

 

Louisiana

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

State Contact>
LaToya Saulsby
Foster Care and Transitioning Youth Consultant
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
LaToya.Saulsby.DCFS@LA.GOV

 

Maine 

Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  

https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/ocfs/cw/chafee.htm

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

Dulcey Laberge
Independent Living Coordinator/ETV Coordinator
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
dulcey.laberge@maine.gov

 

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
 

Peaches Wilson, LCSW-C
Education Analyst
Maryland Department of Human Services
311 W. Saratoga Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Peaches.Wilson@maryland.gov

http://mdconnectmylife.org/

 

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

Fostering Futures Scholarship
https://www.michigan.gov/mistudentaid/0,4636,7-372--481213--,00.html

State Legislation
Statute 722.1030, Fostering Futures Scholarship Trust Fund Act (excerpt), Act 525 of 2008
http://www.legislature.mi.gov/(S(h0yphk3s0zcjfea4kvhqi23k))/mileg.aspx?page=getobject&objectname=mcl-722-1030

Ann Rossi
Education and Employment Analyst
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Child Welfare Policy and Programs/Children's Services Agency
235 S. Grand Avenue
Suite 510
Lansing, MI 48909
rossia@michigan.gov

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

Jill Von Holtum ETV Coordinator,
https://www.mdcps.ms.gov/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/DFCS-Policy-Section-D-09-11-17.pdf

Mario Johnson, MSW
Bureau Director II, Youth Transition Support Services
Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services
Mario.johnson@mdcps.ms.gov

 

Missouri 

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

Child Welfare Manual, Section 4, Alternative Care, Chapter 5, Older Youth Programs, Post Secondary Educational Opportunities

https://dssmanuals.mo.gov/child-welfare-manual/child-welfare-manual-2019-update/

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/we-can-help/youth-in-foster-care

Rhonda Safford
ETV Coordinator
Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
Child and Family Services
PO Box 8005
Helena, MT 59604-8005
rsafford@ReachHigherMontana.org

 

Nebraska

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

Deanna Brakhage
Independent Living Coordinator/ETV Coordinator
Program Specialist, DHHS Policy Unit
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Children and Family Services
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/

Nevada System of Higher Education Foster Youth Success Initiative
https://nshe.nevada.edu/initiatives/foster-youth/

Nevada Board of Regents Handbook Nev. Syst. of Higher Educ. Bd. of Regents T4-CH17, Fee Waiver for Nevada Foster Youth
https://nshe.nevada.edu/wp-content/uploads/file/BoardOfRegents/Handbook/title4//T4-CH17%20Fees%20and%20Expenses.pdf

Board of Regents Tuition Waiver Application
https://nshe.nevada.edu/wp-content/uploads/Academic-Affairs/NSHEFosterYouthFeeWaiver_Accessible_March2020.pdf

Jan Fragale
Social Services Chief III
Independent Living Coordinator for State
Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Child and Family Services
4126 Technology Way 3rd Floor
Carson City, NV 89706
IL@dcfs.nv.gov

 

New Hampshire  

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

Community College System of New Hampshire Tuition Waiver for Children in Foster Care

https://www.ccsnh.edu/paying-for-college/resources/tuition-waiver-programs/

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 
Niambi London
Independent Living Coordinator
New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Office of Adolescent Services
50 East State Street
Trenton, NJ 08625
Niambi London Independent Living Coordinator New Jersey Department of Children and Families Office of Adolescent Services 50 East State Street Trenton, NJ 08625 niambi.london@dcf.state.nj.us

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

New Mexico

Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program  

https://cyfd.org/terrific-teens/educational-support

Tuition Waiver

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

State Contact
Molly Clement, Youth Services Bureau Chief & Independent Living Coordinator/ETV Coordinator
PO Drawer 5160
Room 254
PERA Building
Santa Fe, NM 87502

molly.clement@state.nm.us

 

New York

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

Foster Youth College Success Initiative
http://www.nysed.gov/postsecondary-services/foster-youth-college-success-initiative

Tuition Free Degree Program- Excelsior Scholarship

https://www.ny.gov/programs/tuition-free-degree-program-excelsior-scholarship

State Legislation
New York Education Law 6456, Foster Youth College Success Initiative
https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/laws/EDN/6456

Tuition Free Degree Program- Excelsior Scholarship
https://www.ny.gov/programs/tuition-free-degree-program-excelsior-scholarship

Kerri Barber
Director Education and Transitional Support Services
New York State Office of Children and Family Services
Division of Youth Development and Partnerships for Success
52 Washington Street
Room 338 North
Rensselaer, NY 12144
Kerri.Barber@ocfs.ny.gov

 

North Carolina

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

 

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

State Contact
Erin Conner
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Social Services, Child Welfare
820 South Boylan Avenue
2408 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-2408
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

State Contact
Brittany Fode
Independent Living Coordinator/ETV Coordinator
Administrator for Guardianship and Facility Licensing
North Dakota Department of Human Services
Division of Children and Family Services
https://www.fc2sprograms.org/ohio

State Legislation
Ohio Revised Code 3333.122. Ohio college opportunity grant program
https://www.pcsao.org/programs/ohio-reach

State Contact
Laurie Valentine
Program Manager
Ohio Department of Job and Family Services
Office of Families and Children
PO Box 183204
Columbus, OH 43218-3204
Laurie.Valentine@jfs.ohio.gov

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
Jennifer Boyer
Programs Supervisor, Successful Adulthood Program, Perm. and Well-being Unit
Independent Living Coordinator
Oklahoma Department of Human Services
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 Legislation
Oregon Revised Statute 350.300
Waiver of tuition and fees for foster child
https://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/350.300

State Contact
Adrienne Clark
DHS CW Chafee Program Coordinator
Oregon Department of Human Services
Independent Living Programs
500 Summer Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-1069
ADRIENNE.L.CLARK@dhsoha.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

 

Pennsylvania

Chafee Education and Training Grant Program

https://www.pheaa.org/funding-opportunities/other-educational-aid/chafee-program.shtml

Chafee Education and Training Grant Program Application

https://www.pheaa.org/funding-opportunities/other-educational-aid/pdf/chafee/chafee-application.pdf

Fostering Independence Tuition Waiver Program
https://www.pheaa.org/funding-opportunities/other-educational-aid/foster-education.shtml

Tuition Waiver Legislation

Fostering Independence through Education Waiver, Section 2601-k.

https://www.legis.state.pa.us/CFDOCS/Legis/PN/Public/btCheck.cfm?txtType=PDF&sessYr=2019&sessInd=0&billBody=H&billTyp=B&billNbr=1615&pn=2268

Fostering Independence Through Education Act Brochure

https://www.psrfa.org/wp-content/uploads/Factsheet-2019PA-TuitionWaiverProgram.pdf

Teresa Musser
Pennsylvania Department of Human Services
Office of Children, Youth, and Families
625 Forster Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120
temusser@pa.gov

 

Puerto Rico

Education and Training Voucher

Administración de Familia y Niños, Servicio de Vida Independiente

ahttp://www.adfan.pr.gov/AdministracionesAuxiliares/CuidadoSustitutoAdopc...(Solicitud%20de%20Autorizaci%C3%B3n%20CEE-SA-2020-6713).pdf

 

Agency Contact
Pedro Cartagena Martínez
Puerto Rico Administration for Children and Families
Department of the Family
PO Box 194090
San Juan, PR 00919-4090
Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families Post-Secondary Tuition Assistance Program Frequently Asked Questions

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

Education Training Voucher
http://www.che.sc.gov/Students,FamiliesMilitary/PayingForCollege/FinancialAssistanceAvailable/ScholarshipsGrantsforSCResidents/SCNeed-basedGrantProgram.aspx 

Code of Regulations

62–460. Program Definitions for Administering South Carolina Need-based Grants at Public Institutions.

https://www.scstatehouse.gov/coderegs/Chapter%2062.pdf

State Contacts

Patrice White
Independent Living Advocate< br/> South Carolina Department of Social Services
1535 Confederate Avenue
Room 520-1
Columbia, SC 29201
ghampton@che.sc.gov

 

South Dakota

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

State Contact
Eric Grover, MSW< br/> Program Specialist
South Dakota Department of Social Services
510 North Cambell Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
Eric.Grover@state.sd.us

 

Tennessee

Chafee Education Training Voucher

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/dcs/documents/youthintransition/il/Services_Available_under_TN_DCS_IL.pdf

Tennessee Hope Foster Child Tuition Grant

https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/money-for-college/grant-programs/tn-hope-foster-child-tuition-grant.html

State Legislation
Code § 49-4-933, HOPE scholarship -- Foster child tuition grant.
https://www.lawserver.com/law/state/tennessee/tn-code/tennessee_code_49-4-933

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/

State Contact
Courtney Matthews>br /> Independent Living Program Director
Tennessee Department of Children's Services
https://www.dfps.state.tx.us/Child_Protection/Youth_and_Young_Adults/Education/ETV.asp

 

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

 

State Legislation

 

State Contact
Crystal Vail, Administrator II
Division of Child and Family Services
195 North 1950 West, SLC UT 84116
https://www.vsac.org/pay/student-aid-options/scholarships/foster-care-youth

State Legislation
Title 16 : Education, Chapter 087 : Grants, Scholarship, And Education Loan Programs
§ 2845. Trust fund; grants; students in Department for Children and Families custody
https://legislature.vermont.gov/statutes/section/16/087/02845

State Contact
Amanda Churchill
Policy & Practice Specialist
Independent Living Coordinator
Vermont Department for Children and Families
Family Services Division
280 State Drive
Waterbury, VT 05671
amanda.churchill@vermont.gov Information Last Updated 23-August-2019

 

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 Legistaltion:
§ 23.1-601. Public institutions of higher education; grants for tuition and fees for certain individuals.
https://law.lis.virginia.gov/vacode/title23.1/chapter6/section23.1-601/

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 

Letha Moore-Jones
State IL Coordinator & Youth Services Supervisor
Virginia Department of Social Services
Division of Family Services
letha.moore-jones@dss.virginia.gov

 

Washington

Washington Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program

https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/education-for-foster-youth/etv

 

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 Legislation

 

State Contact
Dawn Cypriano-McAferty

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

Peggy Lewis
Independent Living Program Manager
Washington Department of Children, Youth, and Families
peggy.lewis@dcyf.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
Michelle Dean
Program Manager II, Children and Adult Services
West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources
Bureau for Children and Families/Office of Resource and Resource Development
350 Capitol Street
Charleston, WV 25301
Michelle.C.Dean@wv.gov

 

Wisconsin

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

State Contact
Kelsey Hill
Independent Living Program & ETV Coordinator
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families
201 East Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53703
KelseyR.Hill@wisconsin.gov

 

Wyoming

Wyoming Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program

https://dfs.wyo.gov/services/child-youth-services/foster-care-foster-care-training/education-and-training-vouchers-etv/

State Contact
Stacey Dunlay
CJA Coordinator
Wyoming Division of Social Services
2300 Capitol Avenue
3rd Floor
Hathaway Building
Cheyenne, WY 82002-0490
stacey.dunlay@wyo.gov