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Frequently Asked Questions

If you still have a question, please send us a note using the ETV interest form.

Reminder - You should always read documents in their entirety before signing anything. If you do not understand something, ask someone you trust for clarification. Never sign a form you have not read or do not understand.

Forms you must complete:

  • Application – You must complete an application every year to receive ETV funds.  We must have this an updated application in order for the student to receive funds.  On the application, you will provide demographic information, contact information, and school information
  • Educational Agreement – This form outlines criteria you must follow to receive and keep ETV funding.  You must initial by each agreement and sign the bottom of the form
  • FERPA – FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.  Signing this form will allow ETV to contact your school regarding
    1. Academic information (i.e. grades/GPA, registration, academic progress, enrollment status)
    2. Financial Aid information (i.e. awards, application data, disbursements)
    3. Student Account information (i.e. billing statements, charges, collection activity)
  • Surveys – Surveys are used to collect information about how students are doing while in school as well as how ETV is doing.  There is a financial incentive to completing surveys. For more information on surveys view “Why do I need to Complete Surveys”

External information you must submit:

  • FAFSA – At the beginning of year school year, you must submit your most current version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  
  • Transcripts and grades – At the end of every semester, you must submit your grades for that semester.  We must have all of your grades for each semester that you are enrolled in school, so we can determine your eligibility to receive ETV funds.  You must remain in good standing, or will be placed on probation or lose access to ETV completely.
  • Schedule – You must be a full or part time student to receive ETV funds.  We use your schedule to verify this information. 
  • Invoice – To receive funds from ETV, we must have an invoice from the school listing the amount you owe that reflects financial aid has been applied.

You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year.  The FAFSA gives you access to grant and scholarship opportunities.  As a foster care youth, you are automatically eligible for the Pell Grant.  The FAFSA will also inform you of loan opportunities.  Remember, loans are money that must be repaid with interest, so it is best not to take out loans if at all possible.  ETV will not repay loans. 

  • Anyone seeking reimbursements must complete the vendor registration form through this link: https://suppliers.uga.edu​ 

  • Keep in mind, you receive prior approval from your ILS in order to be reimbursed for any expense.
  • Reimbursements are not guaranteed.  ETV must provide funding directly to your school first.  

Should a student drop out or quit school in the middle of the semester, ETV funding is stopped.  If the school issues a refund from ETV aid, that refund must go back to ETV; the student cannot keep refund money that was originally paid by ETV under any circumstances.  If you are thinking about dropping out contact your ILS immediately! Please note, as soon as you drop out of school stipends will be discontinued.

The ETV program runs on the federal fiscal budget year.  This means that ETV operates their year from October 1st to September 30th.  If you are eligible and have your ETV application completed, more ETV funding will be available to you on October 1st.  In the meantime, make sure that you have submitted all needed paperwork to your online account and that you have submitted your previous semester grades.  Also, please complete your survey as they are available!  

Applications for the ETV Program are accepted on a rolling basis, meaning there is no cut off date through the year to apply and receive funds.  Apply for ETV any time of year.  It is important to keep in mind that ETV funds are limited, so it is important to get started in the process as soon as possible. There are various eligibility requirements.  Students must confirm eligibility with their ILS.  

  • An ETV Student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0 to continue to be eligible for ETV funds.

     

  • A probationary period will be permitted when an ETV student’s cumulative grade point average drops between a 1.5 and 2.0. Should an ETV Student’s GPA drop below a 1.5, they are immediately ineligible for ETV funding.  The probationary period will last until the ETV Student has increased their grade point average to at least a cumulative 2.0. An ETV Student can only receive funds without meeting the minimum grade point average (1.5 GPA) eligibility requirement for one semester. At the end of the probationary semester, the ETV Student will no longer be eligible for funds if their grade point average has not increased to a 2.0 or higher.

     

  • An ETV Student who has become ineligible after a dropped grade point average and one probationary semester has the opportunity to bring their grade point average up to a 2.0 or higher without the assistance of ETV funds and then resubmit documentation of their grade point average to possibly become re-eligible for funding.

A student’s age in regards to eligibility will be determined by their age on the first day of the federal fiscal year (October 1st). When a student’s age allows them to be eligible for a specific amount of funding on October 1st, they will remain eligible (as long as GPA is maintained and applicable forms are submitted) for that funding despite any change in age until the start of the next federal fiscal year.  

Students become permanently ineligible for funds when they reach 26 years of age on or before the first day of the federal fiscal year (October 1st).

If you have a need, and your ILS determines that you have extra funds available there are several items that ETV may cover.  These include:

  • Tutoring, Laptop, Personal Computer, or Printer (if ILP has not already provided you with one), Driver’s License, Diver’s Education Class, Testing and Test Prep, Uniforms and Supplies, or Transportation.

If your stipend card is lost or stolen, first call the card company to have the card disabled (1-866-825-3293).  You may be able to replace the card during that phone call. If your are not able to connect with the card company directly, contact your ILS immediately!  Neither the ETV program nor the ILS are responsible for replacing money lost from a card that is reported lost or stolen.  Please keep your card in a safe location and do not share your pin with anyone. 

  • ETV cannot provide funding to programs that are not accredited,
  • ETV cannot repay loans,
  • ETV cannot pay for gas for transportation or car repairs,
  • ETV will not pay fines or fees associated with dorm or apartment damage. 

Stipends are reloaded onto your Brightwell Prepaid Card on the 1st day of each month.  A request for a stipend must be submitted by the 15th of the prior month.  For example, ETV must receive the request for an April stipend by March 15th in order for it to be reloaded on April 1st.  If the request for a stipend is received after the 15th, it will not be reloaded on the 1st of the next month, but the month after that.  For example, if the request is received March 16th, the card will be reloaded on May 1st.

Typically, it takes 2-3 weeks from the time a request is submitted to the time that your school receives payment from the ETV program.  There are some things that can slow that process down.  If your application or grades report is not up to date or if we are missing forms from you, the process will be slowed while we wait for that information.

Our survey serves multiple purposes.  We would like to hear of your experience with the ETV program.  Additionally, we want to know about your unique journey through school.  We are interested in finding out if there are needs that you have that are not being met, or barriers that could keep you from thriving in school.  It is our hope that we could use this information to help build the ETV Program and the ILP Program so that you and future ETV students can succeed to your fullest potential.  We know that students are busy, so there is some financial compensation for completing surveys.