ETV Allowable Expenses

Allowable Expenses


The following expenses are paid directly to vendors from student/youth’s award amount, as applicable. See below for additional information.

Allowable Expenses Expenses that are NOT Allowed
  • Housing and utilities
  • Room and board costs/food
  • Personal living expenses
  • Tuition/fees (If applicable)
  • Books and related school supplies
  • Dependent or childcare
  • Transportation needs
    (no vehicles purchases)
  • Computer or other required equipment
  • Disability related services and equipment
  • Medical insurance through school
  • Other, as allowed by the school
  • Entertainment (film, sports, games)
  • Non-school related electronics
  • Furniture
  • Make-up / cosmetics
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco
  • Gift cards
  • Jewelry

Food may be paid directly to a vendor, depending on housing arrangement, i.e. dormitory where food is included would be included in housing payment. If off campus, the student/youth may receive a monthly/semester amount directly.

How to have your Cost of Attendance (COA) adjusted to ensure you receive all of your ETV funds:

You may receive up to $5,000 each year to meet your basic cost of living needs as long as you are eligible for the ETV program. In some cases you may receive financial aid (grants, scholarships, etc.) that will exceed the schools cost of attendance which in turn will affect the amount of ETV funds that you can receive. This includes not receiving any ETV funds at all because you receive too much in other financial aid. In these cases, you are strongly encouraged to visit the financial aid office to discuss an adjustment to the COA as long as you can justify that your cost of living expenses are higher than what the school has indicated. Examples may include a rent increase, specific software needed for a class, books or tools needed for a class, an increase in child care costs, etc. You may be asked to provide documentation to support an adjustment. If you receive an adjusted financial aid letter from the school, please submit this to the ETV Coordinator to have your ETV application reviewed for a change in ETV funds allocated.