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To qualify for financial assistance under the ETV Program, an eligible youth must meet the following criteria:
- Meet college enrollment criteria and are enrolled at least 6 semester hours in an institute of higher education that includes:
- an accredited or pre-accredited public or non-profit institution that provides a bachelor's degree or not less than a 2 year program that provides credit towards a degree or certification; or
- an accredited or pre-accredited public or non-profit institution that provides not less than one year program of training to prepare students for gainful employment; or
- an accredited or pre-accredited public or non-profit institution, or a private institution, that has been in existence for at least two years and provides a program of training to prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.
- Complete and file an initial ETV application with required documentation to the ETV Coordinator.
Youth may also enroll in online correspondence and/or distance learning courses with prior approval from the ETV Coordinator to ensure that these courses are accredited or pre-accredited. To locate accredited or pre-accredited vocational training programs, click here.
Youth Eligible for the ETV Program:
Youth in one of the following categories are eligible for the ETV Program:
- At least 16 years of age and likely to remain in DFPS foster care until age 18; or
- Not yet 21 years of age but aged out of DFPS foster care; or
- Not yet 21 years of age and adopted from DFPS foster care after turning age 16; or Not yet 21 years of age and entered Permanency Care Assistance after age 16.
- Youth in foster care at age 16 and are enrolled in a dual credit course or other course in which they may earn joint high school or college credit (ETV funds are limited).
- Youth participating in ETV on their 21st birthday may remain eligible until age 23. Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) youth that meet the conservatorship definition and ages of eligibility noted in # 1-6 (URM Providers verify ETV eligibility).
- Youth under the custody of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department (formerly the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission) can be verified by notifying the ETV Program Director. These youth must have been in a Title IV-E placement on the day they turn 18 and required documentation is needed.
ETV Application Deadlines:
Fall-October 1 Spring-March 1 Summer-July 1