Financial Aid Office
Types of Financial Aid


Education Vouchers for Former Youth in Care
Education vouchers are federal funds made available to states through the Chafee Foster Care Independence Act, and are intended to help youth ages 18 to 23 pay for postsecondary education.
Youth applying for an Education and Training Voucher (ETV) for the first time, or those who previously completed an application but did not receive an ETV award, must meet the following criteria. The first two are required and at least one of the remaining criteria is required:

  • You are under age 21 at the time you begin your postsecondary program.
  • You have been accepted into an accredited postsecondary program.
  • You were in a county/tribal court approved out-of-home placement after the age of 14.
  • You were adopted after age 16.
  • You are/were in an out-of-home placement up to our beyond your 18th birthday.
  • You are/were under state guardianship.

Application information is available from the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Applications are reviewed once a year. You also must attach a copy of your completed FAFSA, apply for other sources of financial aid, and submit two letters of recommendation. Students may reapply for education vouchers every year. Transcripts are required as evidence of progress in a post-secondary education program. Students have until June 1 to apply for vouchers for the fall term.
For more information, visit the Minnesota Department of Human Services Education and Training Voucher Web site or contact:

Minnesota Department of Human Services
444 Lafayette Road North, 3rd Floor South
St. Paul, MN 55155
Tel: (651) 431-4663

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