Education and Training Vouchers (ETV)

Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funds are available to meet the postsecondary education training needs of youth who have experienced foster care and are enrolled in a qualified higher education program.  In Georgia, through a contract with the Georgia Department of Family and Children’s Services, ETV funds are administered by the JW Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia.

Primary Criteria: Youth must have been in foster care for at least 6 months (non-consecutive) and in care at 14 years of age or older (see additional criteria below). For youth who have achieved permanency through Guardianship or Adoption after the age of 14 - please contact your Independent Living Specialist in order to verify eligibility.

Visit the Georgia ILP website for more information and to find the Independent Living Specialist in your region.

Informational webinar on the ETV process recorded on September 18, 2017 is located here.  

Additional criteria:

  • can provide support for one undergraduate degree per student
  • must be an accredited post-secondary educational institution
  • funds may be used for a two or four year degree
  • students must be between the ages of 18-25
  • is based on fund availability
  • ETV funds are ‘last dollar’ funds, meaning that all other sources of financial aid are applied first and ETV funds can be used to meet unmet need


Basic Benefits:

  • State provides up to $12,500 per year, individual institutions may provide additional assistance
    • Ages 18-20: $12,500
    • Ages 21-23: $10,000
    • Ages 24-25: $5,000
  • Financial assistance for tuition, possibly room and board, based on individual college costs and college assistance programs
  • Youth must coordinate participation through the State DFCS Independent Living Program Specialist


Designated Points of Contact in Georgia:

Each USG and TCSG has a Designated Point of Contact to provide connections and link to campus services on their campus.  You can find more information about the Designated Points of Contact in Georgia here.


Questions: Contact your Independent Living Specialist directly.  You can also contact the Fanning ETV team at



  • every situation is different; any individual student seeking assistance with college experience is handled on an individual basis.  This page provides basic information regarding broad guidelines and benefits
  • the ETV program is being enhanced to improve the student experience - check back often for changes and updates

To download this information in a pdf format, click here.  (coming soon)

The J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development
– a public service and outreach unit of the University of Georgia – is dedicated to strengthening communities, organizations, and individuals through leadership development, training, and education.

Embark Georgia is located at the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development.
David Meyers and Lori Tiller are the network directors. Our offices are located at 

1240 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA 30605

You may contact us by calling 706-542-1108 or emailing
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