All students applying to the ETV program must be accepted into an accredited, Federal Pell Grant-eligible institution of higher education, graduated from high school or received a GED, and must be eligible to receive financial aid.
Additional eligibility criteria are different for first-time applicants and renewal applicants.
You may qualify if you are under age 26 and at least one of the following describes your situation:
You were in foster care for 30 consecutive days between your 17th and 18th birthdays.
You were adopted from foster care after your 16th birthday
You were in foster care on or after your 16th birthday when the juvenile court ordered a transfer of custody to a relative
You were under state or tribal guardianship on your 18th birthday.
You may reapply up to 5 years if you have not reached your 26th birthday and are making progress in completing your education.
You must attend an orientation before you can use your ETV money. Details about orientation will be in your ETV award letter.
Applications are accepted for the 2019-2020 school year only.
Applications for the 2020-2021 school year are accepted starting on July 1, 2020.
You must complete the ETV online application DHS-5339 (PDF) each year that you need money for school. Applications are currently accepted for students attending post-secondary education between the dates of July 1, 2019 and June 1, 2020. Application dues dates are July 1, 2019 to June 1, 2020. Call the Minnesota Department of Human Services at 651-431-4663 or email the Minnesota ETV coordinator.
All first time ETV students must attend an orientation session. Information on orientation sessions will be provided to students when they are awarded ETV funds.
NOTE: Students submitting applications MUST NOT return to their application to make any changes as a second submitted application will be created. Save your application if it is incomplete.