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Education and Training Vouchers (ETV)

The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program was authorized under the Chafee Foster Care Independence Act, signed into law in January 2002.

The funds are going to assist foster youth and eligible former foster youth in attending post secondary education and training programs.

The education or training program must meet the following criteria:

  • Awards a bachelor’s degree or not less than a 2 year program that provides credit towards a degree or
  • Provides not less than 1 year of training towards gainful employment or
  • Is a vocational program that provides training for gainful employment and has been in existence for t least two years.

And must meet all three of the following criteria:

  • Admits as regular students only persons with a high school diploma or equivalent; or admits as regular students persons who are beyond the age of compulsory school attendance
  • Public or Non-Profit
  • Accredited or pre accredited and is authorized to operate in that state


University of Alaska Tuition Waiver

The University of Alaska in partnership with the Office of Children's Services provide five full tuition waivers per year to eligible foster youth and former foster youth. When combined with Federal student aid and an Education or Training Voucher, the successful applicant will receive a cost free university education!

The deadline for turning in a Scholarship Application is June 15!

Backgroundwill give you the background information about the development of the tuition waiver project (just in case you want to know).

Eligibility describes what the requirements are to be awarded an ETV and Tuition Waiver.

Other Financial Aid will tell you about the requirements for researching at least two other sources of funding for this scholarship, and give you some links to go to to research financial aid.


The University of Alaska Foster Youth Tuition Waiver provides youth who were in Alaska OCS custody on or after their 16th birthday a chance to have a university education. The Tuition Waiver may be combined with an Education or Training Voucher (ETV) that will pay for up to $5,000 per year towards books fees, room and board. Since tuition is waived, this combination will allow the successful applicant a nearly cost free education at the University of Alaska.

There are twelve (12) tuition waivers offered per year. These waivers are available to students whom the Office of Children's Services awards based upon eligibility criteria, need, and scholarship. Each waiver is effective for four years, (eight semesters) of full-time attendance at any campus of the University of Alaska. Waivers will not be used for less than full-time attendance. University criteria will apply (i.e.: good academic standing, financial requirements met, and student code of conduct standing) to continue the waiver.

Students who receive the tuition waiver are also eligible for an ETV. The Tuition Waiver Application may be used as the ETV application. Continuation requirements for the ETV are similar to those of the Tuition Waiver.

If more than twelve (12) applications are receive for the Foster Youth Tuition Waiver, a committee comprised of OCS staff and University staff will review all applications and determine awards. Those not awarded a Tuition Waiver may still be eligible for an ETV.



In order to be eligible for an Education or Training Voucher or the University of Alaska Presidential Tuition Waiver, you must:

  • Currently be in foster care and over age 16; or
  • Have been in foster care on or after their 16th birthday and not yet 21.
  • Be accepted for full time attendance at a qualifying education or training program


If you are awarded an ETV and/or a Tuition Waiver, you do not need to reapply for it so long as you:

  • Are a full-time student/trainee,
  • Maintain good academic standing or good standing in the training program
  • Maintain good student code of conduct standing, and good financial standing with the school/training program.
  • Demonstrate progress towards completion

ETVs may be awarded at a reduced rate to youth enrolled in part time education or training programs. Eligibility for part time assistance is based on the same criteria as above and a specific education or training plan that describes the progress towards completion of the education or training program.


The University of Alaska Presidential Tuition Waiver does not include payment of University Fees, student housing, costs for books and other materials, or the meal plan. The Office of Children's Services offers limited assistance for fees, housing, and the meal plan for students who are awarded a Presidential Tuition Waiver. You may request Additional Assistance for housing, the meal plan, and University fees on your College Scholarship application.

To be eligible for assistance with fees, books and other materials assistance, you must:

  • Have been in OCS custody on or after your 16th birthday but not attained 21 years of age,
  • Be receiving the University of Alaska Presidential Tuition Waiver in good standing.

To be eligible for assistance with housing and meal plan costs, you must:

  • Be in OCS custody or have turned 18 while in OCS custody,
  • Be receiving the University of Alaska Presidential Tuition Waiver in good standing.

Just like the Tuition Waiver, you do not need to reapply for this assistance so long as you remain a full-time student in good standing and are within the age limits for additional assistance. You must, however, live in University housing (if available) or with your former foster care providers for the first two-years of school attendance. After two years, you can choose to remain in University housing or receive housing assistance up to the amount that a dormitory-style room would cost at your campus.

While you must be receiving the Tuition Waiver to receive Housing, Fee, Room and Board assistance, you are not required to receive the additional assistance to be awarded the waiver. Additionally, you may request or be awarded partial assistance depending upon your need.


Other Financial Aid

Because there are only a limited number of University of Alaska College Scholarships to award each year, applicants are encouraged to research other scholarship opportunities in addition to this program. The application format for this program is very similar to the University of Alaska Foundation Scholarships application, so applying for additional opportunities is easy. Two applications for other scholarships are required in order to be eligible for the Foster Youth Tuition Waiver.

Here are some useful links to research other financial aid:

Cook Inlet Tribal Council Educational Center If you are an Alaskan Native, Cook Inlet Tribal Council Educational Center can help you find a scholarship. Contact them at (907) 561-1469.

University of Alaska Financial Aid and Scholarships:
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