Indiana education and training vouchers
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What is Indiana ETV?
The Indiana Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program is a federally funded, state-administered program that provides financial and academic support for young adults who’ve left the foster care system and are enrolled in qualified colleges, universities, or vocational education programs.
Eligible students can be awarded up to $5,000 per academic year.
ETV can be used for part time or full time or if attending out of state.
Eligible students may be awarded ETV funds until their 26th birthday.
ETV allows students to pay for many academic and living expenses.
How do I qualify?
The ETV program is open to any former and current foster care youth who meets one of these criteria:
- Foster care will end on and after your 18th birthday.
- In foster care at age 17 and not enrolled in High School, but have earned a GED or Vocational Certificate and will remain in foster care until you turn 18.
- You have completed state requirements and have a high school diploma, and will remain in foster care until you turn 18.
- You left foster care after your 16th birthday because you were adopted or placed in a kinship guardianship.
Additionally you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen
- Have personal assets (bank account, car, home, etc.) worth less than $10,000
- And enrolled in a degree, certificate or other accredited program and show that you are making satisfactory academic progress.
Continued Qualiﬁcation Requirements
Recipients must show satisfactory academic progress, as defined by their school, toward completing a degree or certificate and maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA each term. Students must submit an academic transcript showing grades and GPA from the most recent completed semester/ term.
How can I use ETV funds?
School supplies and items required for class
Transportation costs like parking permits, bus passes, gas for your car, etc.
Student loan payments
Doctor visits, health insurance, and medical costs
Living expenses like food, laundry, and electricity
Tuition, fees, and room and board
Tutoring and extracurricular fees
I have more questions
When do applications open each semester?
The open dates are as follows:
Summer : May 1st
Fall : July 1st
Spring: December 1st
The application deadlines for each semester are always the Monday before the open date of the new semester. For example:
Spring 2020 application closes on April 27, 2020
Summer 2020 application closes June 27, 2020
Fall 2020 application will close November 30, 2020
Do all ETV applicants receive $5,000?
ETV awards are unique to each student and are based on the cost of attendance formula established by their school, enrollment status, GPA, and financial aid package. Your ETV aid cannot exceed your cost of attendance, so every student may not receive the full $5,000. Cost of attendance is determined by the school and includes tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation, and other school-related costs.
Why would an applicant not receive the full funding amount of $5,000?
The amount of ETV funding is based on whether an applicant is attending school full-time or part-time; GPA and total financial aid package, including refund, are also considered.
Who determines initial eligibility?
The Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) completes an initial assessment determining whether the applicant meets eligibility requirements. The ETV staff will determine if the applicant meets the qualifications to continue receiving funds, i.e. maintaining a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher and making satisfactory academic process. The amount of funds disbursed will be based on the availability of ETV funds.
What happens if a recipient withdraws from any classes or drops out of school?
ETV is awarded based on college/vocational/technical school attendance and the number of credits a student is enrolled. If an ETV student withdraws from any classes, they MUST inform the ETV Program immediately as funds may need to be adjusted. If a student drops out of school and returns, the eligibility and funding status will be determined on a case-by-case scenario. Funding may also be affected for students who continually drop one or more classes.
What happens if a recipient falls below the 2.0 GPA requirement?
If a recipient falls below a 2.0 GPA for two consecutive terms, they will not receive funding until they raise their GPA to a 2.0 during the term (not cumulative GPA). A student who is funded after their first semester of falling below the GPA requirement will need to keep in bi-weekly communication with their ETV Regional Specialist regarding academic performance and plans; they must also create and submit a well thought out academic success plan.
- What supporting documents need to be submitted for ETV?
How can ETV money be spent?
All aid applies only to qualified school related expenses. These include:
- Tuition and fees
- Housing (room and board)
- Textbooks and school supplies
- Living expenses
- Transportation (gas, bus pass, insurance, school parking permit, etc) o Student health insurance/medical expenses
- Technology/laptop package
- Student loans
Who receives the ETV checks?
All Student disbursements will be administered via the Aline card. All students
are required to submit the Aline form to obtain the Aline card when completing the online application. The Aline form is located in the student portal. The Aline card is an ADP product and will be sent to the address on the Aline form within 7- 10 business days.
It depends on what type of financial assistance the applicant is requesting. For example, if the ETV funds will be used for school tuition, the check will be sent directly to the school. For funds disbursed to the student, the funds will be disbursed via the Aline Card and they will be responsible to pay bills of this nature, i.e. utilities, groceries, phone bill, etc.
How does a student apply for ETV?
Visit the Indiana ETV website at indianaetv.org to fill out and submit the application online and to download supporting documents. Fill out the top portions of the Cashier/Bursar Statement and Financial Aid Release Form. Submit the forms to the school’s respective offices so they can fill out the remaining portions and submit to the ETV office on applicant’s behalf.
When do applications open and close?
Opens: Dec. 1, 2020
Closes: April 27, 2020
Opens: May 1, 2020
Closes: June 27, 2020
Opens: July 1, 2020
Closes: Nov. 30, 2020
Application deadlines change annually
How are applications processed?
Applications are processed on a first come, first serve basis and after the ETV application and all required documents are completed and received.
What if a recipient plans to attend the summer term?
Awards are pro-rated and released each semester based on the number of semesters the student plans to attend during the academic year.
If an applicant changes schools during the school year, will the award amount change?
Yes, changing schools during the school year will affect award amounts. The student will need to submit all new information pertaining to the new school (i.e. Cashier/Bursar Statement, Financial Aid Release Form). The ETV award amount will be re-calculated using the new school’s cost of attendance formula.
What if an applicant moves out of state to attend school? Will they receive ETV through that state?
If you were in foster care in the state of Indiana, ETV will continue to be disbursed through Indiana’s ETV Program despite attending school in another state.
What are the applicant’s responsibilities as an ETV award recipient?
Please refer to the Participation Agreement found in the application.
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