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Education and Training Voucher Program (ETV)

The Education and Training Voucher program is available for all CHINS and Probation youth who turn 18 in foster care or are adopted or enter into a guardianship out of foster care on or after the youth’s 16th birthday. 

Website to apply for Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
Foster youth who turn 18 in foster care are a family of one making them an independent student and eligible for Pell Grants to assist with college expenses.

State Student Assistance Commission of Indiana (SSACI) is one of the top-rated state financial aid agencies in the country. In addition to making awards, SSACI promotes awareness of Indiana financial assistance programs through its World Wide Web site, guidance counselor workshops, financial aid nights, college fairs, community forums and other statewide events such as College Goal Sunday.   
21st Century Scholars Program
Grants available to Indiana for youth based on financial need. Youth must apply while in the 7th and 8th grade.

Links to additional education information

    Test Prep Review-Your Choice for Free Practice Tests
    This website allows youth to take practice tests for the ACT and SAT that may be required for post secondary education opportunities.

    The ACT test was developed by the American College Testing Program. The ACT exam has four sections: Reading, English, Mathematics and Science. A maximum score is a 36. The ACT test is used to screen college applicants.

    The SAT is administered by College Board, and is developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The SAT Reasoning Test has three sections: Math, Critical Reading, and Writing. Scores on each section range from 200 to 800, with scores always being a multiple of 10. The SAT Essay is scored 1-6 with six being the best score

    The GED is also included on this website. The GED stands for General Educational Development. The GED test measures Language Arts, Writing, Social Studies, Science, Reading, and Mathematics. The GED math test has two parts. Part one of the math exam does allow the use of a calculator and part two does not.

    College Board-Practice SAT test This website allows youth to practice taking the SAT test to better prepare them for the official testing. Youth may also sign up for the SAT test from this website.
    This website will allow students to search free for scholarships for money for college and help them to avoid scholarship scams.