Alabama Education and
Training Voucher (ETV) Program is federally-funded, state-administered
program designed to help youth who were in foster care. Students may
receive up to $5000 a year for qualified school related expenses. (few examples
- tuition and fees for non-public Alabama schools, housing, textbooks, living
expenses, transportation, childcare, laptops/computers) Funding is
limited and available on a first-come basis to eligible students.
Applicants must complete the funding application process each year which
includes documentation each semester that is sent directly from the school to
our funding vendor (WAF) confirming enrollment, the cost of attendance and
unmet needs. ETV funding may be sent to the school or student.
·Youth must be a current or former foster student who:
oWas in Foster care on their 18th birthday OR
oWas adopted from foster care with the adoption finalized AFTER
their 16th birthday OR
oWas granted Kinship Guardianship from Alabama foster care AFTER
their 16th birthday.
·Youth must be a US citizen or qualified non-citizen.
·Youth personal assets (bank account, car, home, etc.) are worth
less than $10,000.
·Youth must be at least 17 but younger than 21 to apply for the
first time. They may reapply for ETV funds, if you have a current grant
by 21, for up to 5 consecutive years.
·Youth must have be accepted into or be enrolled in a degree,
certificate or other accredited program at a college, university, technical,
vocational school. To remain eligible for ETV funding, youth must show
progress toward a degree or certification.
·Youth receiving Fostering Hope are not eligible to take out
student loans in order to be eligible for ETV funding.