Scholarships, Grants & Loans

National, state, and community scholarships and grants are available to former foster youth in Central Ohio. Students can browse below to see which types of financial aid and fee waivers they are individually eligible for and read information about student loans. 


The Education Training Voucher, or ETV, Program is a federally-funded, state-administered scholarship that provides funding and support to former foster youth in post-secondary education. Eligible students may receive grants up to $5,000 per year for up to five years or until Ohio state’s age limit of 26. Begin the application process here.

Ohio has received money from the Consolidated Appropriations Act (CAA) of 2020 to help current and former foster youth impacted by the pandemic. 

  • CAA ETV funding is available to help youth who were in enrolled in college anytime between April 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021. 

      • Incoming freshmen apply after July 1, 2021

  • Eligible young adults may receive ETV funding until their 27th birthday; however, the maximum number of years a student can be ETV funded is five (5) years.


  • To apply for CAA ETV funds:



Additionally, young adults who were in foster care on their 18th birthday and have not yet turned 27 years old should contact their local public children's service agency for additional support. Contact information for Ohio’s 88 Public Children Service Agency can be found here.


The Ohio Reach scholarship is a $1,000 renewable award given each semester for a maximum of two semesters per academic year to students who meet the eligibility requirements. Students who receive the scholarship may renew it annually 4 times for a maximum of 5 years. Find out more details and apply for the scholarship by clicking here.

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Ohio State Students are eligible for an abundance of need-based grants funded by federal, state, and university sources. Most grants like the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and the Ohio College Opportunity Grant can be obtained by simply submitting a FASFA application. Institutional grants like the Ohio State Presidents Affordability Grant are also awarded to students who are eligible for FASFA. 


SOS helps women who have overcome life challenges with financial aid for education. Financial aid may be used for tuition at universities, colleges, and technology and trade schools. Funds may also be used for supplies, equipment, books, bus passes, special fees, and for child care to enable parents to attend classes. You can find more information on how to apply here.


Students who receive the Dream Award have completed at least their first year of their college education, have a significant financial need, and have overcome obstacles through sheer determination. Get notified when the Dream Award opens!


Casey Family Programs awards scholarships, based on need, to foster care alumni pursuing higher education. Funding is available for undergrads up to 6 years and graduate students up to 4 years. You can start the application process here.


ACT is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization, known for the ACT test, but there are many more ways that their solutions can help on the path to higher education. You can register for The ACT here and they also offer waiver fees to those meet eligibility requirements.


The SAT is an admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges, and the College Board has programs to encourage all students to take advantage of higher education. A list of available SAT dates and deadlines can be found here and they also offer waiver fees to those who meet eligibility requirements.

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