ETV Eligibility & Qualifications

Who is Eligible for ETV?


  1. Youth who are at least 16 and likely to remain in DFPS foster care until 18; or
  2. Young adults who aged out of foster care but not 23 years old; or
  3. Youth not yet 23 years of age and adopted from DFPS foster care after turning age 16; or
  4. 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)
  5. Youth who are in Permanency Care Assistance after age 16 but not yet 23 years of age
  6. Unaccompanied Refugee Minors (URM) youth that meet the conservatorship definition and the eligibility ages as noted above; or
  7. Youth under the custody of the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and who have been in a Title IV-E placement on the day they turn 18. Required documentation is needed.

Consistent with other Title IV-E programs, the Title IV-E agency may only issue a voucher, up to the established ceiling, for costs through the end of the month in which the youth turns 23. This means that institutional costs that cover the full semester (e.g., tuition or room and board) must be prorated for ETV purposes. Allowable costs such as books and supplies that the youth purchases for use during the semester prior to turning 23, and will continue to use after turning 23, may be included.

Please contact an ETV coordinator to seek eligibility approval for ETV.