- ETV cannot provide funding to programs that are not accredited, or last less than a year, or do not award a certificate or degree.
- ETV cannot repay loans
- ETV will not pay fines or fees associated with dorm or apartment damage.
Should a student drop out or quit school in the middle of the semester, ETV funding is stopped. If the school issues a refund, that refund must go back to ETV; the student cannot keep refund money under any circumstances. If you are thinking about dropping out contact your ILS immediately! Please note, as soon as you drop out of school, any rental assistance or stipends will be discontinued.
- Anyone seeking reimbursements must complete the vendor registration form through this link: http://www.busfin.uga.edu/forms/vendor_profile.pdf
- Examples of who would need to fill out this form:
- Keep in mind, you cannot be reimbursed for payment made to a school for tuition, fees, or housing. ETV must pay these directly to the school. If the school is threatening to drop your classes, have your ILS contact ETV immediately!
Our survey serves multiple purposes. We would like to know your how your experience has been working with the ETV program. Additionally, we want to know about your unique journey through school. We are interested in finding out if there are needs that you have that are not being met, or barriers that could keep you from thriving in school. It is our hope that we could use this information to help build the ETV Program and the ILP Program so that you and future ETV students can succeed to your fullest potential. We know that students are busy, so there is some financial compensation for completing surveys. There are 3 surveys that are disseminated through the year.
ETV students must remain in good standing, keeping at least a 2.0 average GPA. Should you drop below a 2.0 average, you will be placed on probation. This probation period lasts one semester, in which you must pull your GPA up to a 2.0 or above. If you are not able to bring your GPA up to a 2.0, you will not receive funding for a full year.
Applications for the ETV Program are accepted on a rolling basis, meaning there is no cut off point to apply and receive funds. It is important to keep in mind that ETV funds are limited, so it is important to get started in the process as soon as possible.
- Funding is determined on a case by case basis, and as funds are available. If you have a need, and your ILS determines that you have extra funds available there are several items that ETV may cover. These include:
- Tutoring, Laptop, Personal Computer, or Printer (if ILP has not already provided you with one), Driver’s License, Diver’s Education Class, Testing and Test Prep, Uniforms and Supplies, or Transportation.
If your stipend card is lost or stolen, contact your ILS immediately! Neither the ETV program nor the ILS are not responsible for replacing money lost from a card that is reported lost or stolen. Please keep your card in a safe location and do not share your pin with anyone.
Stipends are reloaded onto your Brightwell Prepaid Card on the 1st of each month. A request for stipend must be submitted by the 15th of the prior month. For example, ETV must receive the request for an April stipend by March 15th in order for it to be reloaded on April 1st. If the request for a stipend is received after the 15th, it will not be reloaded on the 1st of the next month, but the month after that. For example, if the request is received March 16th, the card will be reloaded on May 1st.
Typically, it takes 2-3 weeks from the time a request is submitted to the time that your school receives check from the ETV program. There are some things that can slow that process down. If your application is not up to date, or if we are missing forms from you, the process will be slowed while we wait for that information.
The ETV program runs on the federal fiscal budget year. This means that ETV operates their year from October 1st to September 30th. If you are eligible and have your ETV packet completed, more ETV funding will be available to you on October 1st. In the meantime, make sure that you have submitted all needed paperwork to your online account, and that you have submitted your previous semester grades. For a complete list of ETV forms, click here. Also, please complete your quarterly survey!
You must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. The FAFSA gives you access to grant and scholarship opportunities. As a foster care youth, you are automatically eligible for the Pell Grant. The FAFSA will ensure you are receiving the maximum amount of funding available. The FAFSA will also inform you of loan opportunities. Remember, loans are money that must be repaid with interest, so it is best not to take out loans and use grant money instead. ETV will not repay loans.
Reminder - You should always read documents in their entirety before signing anything. If you do not understand something, ask someone you trust for clarification. Never sign a form you have not read or do not understand.
Forms you must complete:
- Application – You must complete an application every year to receive ETV funds. We must have this an updated application in order for the student to receive funds. On the application, you will provide demographic information, contact information, information,
- Educational Agreement – This form outlines criteria you must follow to receive and keep ETV funding. You must initial by each agreement and sign the bottom of the form
- FERPA – FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Signing this form will allow ETV to contact your school regarding
- Academic information (i.e. grades/GPA, registration, academic progress, enrollment status)
- Financial Aid information (i.e. awards, application data, disbursements)
- Student Account information (i.e. billing statements, charges, collection activity)
- Surveys – Surveys are used to collect information about how students are doing during while in school as well as how ETV is doing. There is a financial incentive to completing surveys. For more information on surveys view “Why do I need to Complete Surveys”
External information you must submit:
- FAFSA – At the beginning of year school year, you must submit your most current version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information on FAFSA and student loans, click here.
- Transcripts and grades – At the end of every semester, you must submit your grades for that semester. We must have all of your grades for each semester that you are enrolled in school, so we can determine your eligibility to receive ETV funds. You must remain in good standing, or will be placed on probation. For more information, click here.
- Schedule – You must be a full or part time student to receive ETV funds. We use your schedule to verify this information.
- Invoice – To receive funds from ETV, we must have invoice from the school listing the amount you owe that reflects financial aid has been applied.