Posted on 03/21/2019 at 09:51 AM by Blog Experts

Do you have any students on your roster that are in the foster care system?  If so, there are MANY resources you will want to be aware of as you plan for transition with these students!

If you have a student who is in the foster care system, you and your student should be aware of the many financial resources available to pay for post-secondary education.  Some of these resources include:

Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Grant - Maximum annual award of $5000

·       Must have a high school diploma or GED

·       Must EITHER….

o   Age out of foster care between the ages of 18 and 23;

o   Be adopted from foster care after the age of 16; OR

o   Enter a subsidized guardianship after reaching age 16

·       Must be under the age of 21 in order to apply for ETV - Must be attending classes and receive an initial disbursement prior to age 21

o   Funding can continue until the age of 23 provided the student is continually enrolled in a postsecondary education or training program and is making satisfactory progress toward completion of that program

·       Can be used at Iowa schools and outside of the state of Iowa

All Iowa Opportunity Foster Care Grant - Maximum annual award is determined yearly; the 2014-2015 maximum annual award was $8569

·       Must have high school diploma or GED

·       Must EITHER….

o   Age out of foster care at age 18;

o   Be adopted from foster care after the age of 16; OR

o   Exit the state training school within 30 days of the 18th birthday or later

·       Must be between the ages of 17 and 23 the first time participating in the program - Must be attending classes and receive an initial disbursement prior to age 23

o   Funding can continue through age 24

·       Must be attending an eligible Iowa college or university; not able to attend out of state

Both of these programs may assist with expenses associated with attending an approved education or training program - tuition and fees, books and supplies, day care, transportation and housing costs.  Students attending a full-time program are eligible for the maximum award. Students attending part-time will have their award prorated based on the number of hours enrolled.

Students applying for the first time can begin to apply in January prior to the year they want to start college.  Students seeking to renew existing ETV or Foster Grant awards must reapply each year by the priority deadline, which is typically March 1.

Online applications for the ETV, Foster Grant and other state-funded college grants and scholarships can be found at http://www.iowacollegeaid.gov/  - click on the State Grants and Scholarships button.

Written by Erin VanderVelde

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