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Minnesota Education Vouchers for Former Youth In Care

Education vouchers are federal funds made available to states through the Chafee Foster Care Independence Act. Education vouchers are intended to help current and former foster care youth pay for post secondary education. The maximum amount per year is $5,000 per student.


Youth applying for an ETV for the first time, or those who previously completed an application but did not receive an ETV award, must be under age 21 by the application due date and accepted into an accredited post secondary education or training program. Youth must also meet ONE the following criteria:
- You were in foster care on or after your 16th birthday, and continue to be in foster care up to or beyond your 18th birthday
- You were adopted from foster care after your 16th birthday
- You were in foster care on or after your 16th birthday when a relative accepts a transfer of permanent legal and physical custody through a juvenile court order
- You are/were under state guardianship

If you have questions about the education voucher program, contact:
Minnesota Department of Human Services
444 Lafayette Road North, 3rd Floor South
St. Paul, MN 55155
Tel: 651-296-4471

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