Foster Care Tuition Waiver

During the Fiscal Year 2000, West Virginia Legislature was enacted (HB-4784) which allows eligible youth in foster care to receive tuition waivers for the purpose of attending a West Virginia public college or university.

Who is eligible?

Within limitations of the governing boards for higher education, the waiver program is available to ANY youth who:

  • graduated from high school or passed the GED examination while in the legal custody of the State Department of Health and Human Resources;
  • was in family foster care or residential care for at least one year immediately preceding graduation;
  • applies for the waiver within two years of graduating from high school or passing the GED;
  • has been accepted to a West Virginia public institution of higher education;
  • applies for other student financial aid, other than student loans, in compliance with federal financial aid rules, including the Pell Grant.

What does the waiver pay for?

The waiver covers tuition and fees after other sources of financial aid dedicated solely to tuition and fees are exhausted.

What is not covered by the waiver?

The waiver does NOT cover room and board or the cost of books.

Would a youth have to apply for a waiver each of the four years?

Yes. The youth must continue to meet the academic progress standards established by the West Virginia college or university they are attending in order to maintain waiver eligibility.

Where does youth apply for a West Virginia Foster Care Tuition Waiver?

At the financial aid office of the college or university where accepted. A letter on DHHR letterhead signed by the DHRR Regional Director will be required as proof of foster/residential care placement on year prior to graduation.

This initiative is composed as part of a collaborative between the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Children and Families and the Center for Excellence in Disabilities.

Chafee Education & Training Vouchers

Project Purpose

To assist qualified youths with expenses related to attending college or vocational school.

Who is eligible?

  • Youth adopted from foster care after age 16 years old
  • Former foster care youth age 18 thru 20 years old
  • Youth placed in legal guardianship

What does ETV pay for?

  • Tuition –college or vocational school
  • Room and board
  • Books
  • Fees
  • Supplies
  • Transportation

Does the youth have to apply each year?

Yes. The student must continue to meet the academic progress standards established by institution that they are attending. Covers costs until age 23 if individual is enrolled and making satisfactory progress on 21st birthday.

Where does the student apply for the ETV funding?

  • State Subsidy Specialist for youth who were adopted from foster care after age 16 years or 304-558-7980
  • Youth's DHHR caseworker if the youth is in legal guardianship
  • Call 1-866-720-3605 or e-mail
  • For more information visit

Community Support Services

The program provides support and serves former foster care recipients between 18 to 20 years of age to complement their own efforts toward self-sufficiency and to assure that program participants recognize and accept their personal responsibility for preparing to make the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Project Services

  • Independent Living Services
  • Transitional Living Services
  • Educational Benefits
  • Job Preparation
  • Community Support Services

Project Eligibility
Youth ages 18-20 exiting the foster care system or who have left foster care and have not yet reached age 21.
You can request services yourself by calling 1-866-720-3605 or 304-558-6067
and also by e-mail
For more information visit


Bureau for Children and Families
Children and Adult Services
350 Capitol St. Room 691
Phone: (304) 356-4559
Toll Free: (866) 720-3605

WV TIP Manual

The West Virginia Transition Information Packet, also known as TIP, was developed specifically for YOU! You will find TIP can assist you in organizing your important papers, give you a place to record important facts, and give you information on things you might need to know as you transition from the foster care system to the adult world.

TIP is organized into nine sections, including: Documents, Education, Employment, Finances, Housing, Medical, Transportation, Resources, and a section for everything else. Each of these sections contains valuable information and gives you a list of suggested items you could store in that section. Specific storage areas are located at the end of each section to help you keep copies of important documents such as your Driver's License, photo ID, Social Security card, birth certificate, immunization record, insurance, and many other personal records. Your foster care provider or other trusted adult can assist you in completing your own personalized TIP.

You may copy any materials included, especially the blank worksheets. When you are out on your own for the first time, you will soon appreciate the effort you put into organizing your TIP. TIP will assist you with organization, as well as give you "the edge" by providing you helpful "tips" as you transition to the responsibilities of adult life.