Am I eligible?
Youth must have been in foster care for at least 6 months (non-consecutive) and in care on their 14th birthday. See additional criteria below. Additionally, for youth who have achieved permanency through Guardianship or Adoption after the age of 14 please contact your Independent Living Specialist.
Educational and Enrichment Expenses are for expenses to assist youth in transitioning from foster care by attaining a secondary education and completing the goals specifically outlined in the youth’s Written Transitional Living Plan.
Educational Related Expenses for Youth ages 21-25 is to pay for post-secondary education and/or training related expenses for former foster care youth between the ages of 21 and 25 years of age who were eligible for Independent Living Program (GA/RYSE) services when state custody was terminated. Eligible youth age 18-25 who were enrolled in school on the date they attained age 21 and continue to make reasonable progress toward their diploma/degree may continue to receive 583 funds beyond the age of 21. These funds are limited to the pursuit of an undergraduate degree, diploma, or certificate. This program supplements, rather than replaces, other types of financial assistance available to the youth. Funds may be available for pursuit of a graduate degree; waiver required.
College/Vocational Related Expenses for Youth up to Age 21– Is to provide for expenses for post-secondary education and training to young adults who are in various stages of transition from foster care.
Youth are generally:
- Up to age 21
- Have completed high school or its equivalent
- Presently in foster care
- Aged out of the foster care system after the age of 18
- Entered kinship guardianship after age 16
- Adopted after age 14
- Met six month criteria after age 14
Education and Training Vouchers up to age 23 is to assist young adults transition from foster care by attaining a post-secondary education and completing the goals specifically outlined in the youth’s Written Transitional Living Plan.
*Education and Training Vouchers (ETV) Is to assist young adults transition from foster care by attaining a post-secondary education and completing the goals specifically outlined in the youth’s Written Transitional Living Plan.