Education and Employment Outcomes for the Education and Training Voucher Program

(2020) Education and Employment Outcomes for the Education and Training Voucher Program. College Student Aid Commission

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Postsecondary attainment rates for former foster care youth are drastically lower than for those who were not in foster care. There are a number of financial support programs for former foster care youth, including the Education and Training Voucher (ETV). ETV is awarded to those who age out of the foster care system and attend a postsecondary institution, with eligibility lasting until age 23. ETV recipients are eligible for a maximum of $5,000 per year for up to four years. Each year in Iowa, there are typically 50 to 90 first-time ETV recipients. Here, we investigate the education and employment outcomes for former foster care youth from Iowa who were eligible for ETV and find that both being eligible for and receiving an ETV award are associated with positive and significant postsecondary and employment outcomes. Being eligible for an ETV award increased the likelihood of college enrollment by 8 percentage points. In addition, students who received an ETV award were 15 percentage points more likely to persist from year one to year two and 3 to 6 percentage points more likely to graduate. Four years after completing their postsecondary education, ETV recipients were 8 percentage points more likely to be employed in Iowa.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Foster care, financial aid, college, education, employment, Education and Training Voucher Program
Subjects: Education
Education > Educational finance > Federal education grants
Education > Educational finance > Student financial aid
Education > Higher education
Education > Higher education > Student financial aid
Social issues and programs > Family > Adoption and foster care
ID Code: 33645
Deposited By: Elizabeth Keest Sedrel
Deposited On: 09 Sep 2020 19:04
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2020 19:04
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/33645