Indiana Connected By 25′s mission is to ensure that foster care youth are educated, housed, financially stable, employed and connected to a support system by age 25. Indiana Connected By 25, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that provides technical assistance to build the capacity of funders, state and local policy makers, case managers, independent living specialists and youth-serving providers to effectively support youth transitioning from foster care.
WHAT IS THE INDIANA ETV PROGRAM?
The Indiana Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program is a federally funded, state-administered program that provides financial and academic support for young adults who’ve left the foster care system and are enrolled in qualified colleges, universities or vocational education programs.
- Eligible students can be awarded up to $5,000 per academic year
- Eligible students must initially apply and receive ETV funds before the 21st birthday.
- Eligible students may be awarded ETV funds until their 23rd birthday
- ETV helps offset such costs as tuition, housing, textbooks, tutoring, childcare, and transportation.
HOW DO I QUALIFY FOR THE ETV PROGRAM?
The ETV program is open to any former and current foster care youth who meets one of these criteria:
- Foster care will end on and after your 18th birthday.
- You are in foster care at age 17 and not enrolled in high school, but you have earned a GED or Vocational Certificate or you have completed state requirements and have a high school diploma. In any case, you are remaining in foster care until you turn 18.
- You left foster care after your 16th birthday because you were adopted or placed in a kinship guardianship.
Additionally you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen or qualified non-citizen;
- Have personal assets (bank account, car, home, etc.) worth less than $10,000;
- Be accepted into or enrolled in a degree, certificate or other accredited program and show that he/she is making satisfactory academic progress.