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Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program

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The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program is a federally funded program administered by the Colorado Department of Higher Education. The program provides Colorado residents who are currently or have previously been in foster care and are between the ages of 17 to 25 with financial support for post-secondary education at a college, university, vocational, technical, or trade school. Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students. 

***Please note that ETV funding for the 23/24 school year has been depleted as of 11/28/23. If you are looking to complete the ETV as a requirement for FosterEd, please continue to submit an application. 

Eligibility Criteria

The student must be a current or former foster student who meet these criteria:

• Has been accepted into/enrolled in a degree, certificate, or other accredited program at a college, university, technical, or vocational school,

• To remain eligible for ETV funding, youth must show progress toward a certificate of completion, associate, bachelor’s, or postgraduate degree,

• Is at least 17 years old and has not yet reached 26 years old,

• Is a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen,

• Has completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the applicable school year.


In addition, youth must meet one of the following criteria:

• Was in foster care on or after their 14th birthday,

•  Had a finalized adoption with adoption assistance on or after their 16th birthday,

•  Had a guardianship assistance established on or after their 16th birthday, or        

•  Was in Division of Youth Services community placement on or after their 14th birthday.

Amount of Funding

ETV Grant recipients can receive a maximum amount of $5,000 per year.

The maximum number of years a student can receive ETV funding is five (5) years, (consecutive or intermittent). 

Funding is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible students. 


ETV Program Fact Sheet

ETV and FosterEd Glossary of Terms

ETV and FosterEd FAQs

ETV and FosterEd Presentation

To Apply

Students will need to an ETV application each school year they intend to enroll. Please submit only one application per school year. Should you need to make any changes to your application, contact our Foster Care Student Navigator team at

NOW OPEN - 2024-2025 School Year - Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Application

Students must provide proof of foster care eligibility on a court affidavit or the Confirmation of Foster Care Experience form from the child welfare database. If a student does not have one of those forms, they should contact the County in which they experienced foster care. This may include their caseworker, Chafee worker, or contacting the county’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to request this documentation. 

You can find your Colorado county’s DHS contact information here



Please reach out to your foster care navigator for guidance on filing out the application. 

For questions, studentsplease contact to get connected to your foster care navigator.

For questions, IHE financial aid directors, please contact