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At-risk youth receive vouchers to attend post-secondary school

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently awarded 117 at-risk youth an average of $3,000 in Education and Training Vouchers to attend post-secondary school this fall.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) recently awarded 117 at-risk youth an average of $3,000 in Education and Training Vouchers to attend post-secondary school this fall.
DHS has awarded funding twice per year since 2003 to promote continued education and training for current and former foster and adopted youth.
The Minnesota Education and Training Voucher Program helps current and former foster care and adopted youth attend colleges, universities, vocational or technical programs.
Eligible students can receive up to $5,000 per school year to pay for tuition, fees, books, housing, transportation and other school-related costs and living expenses.
“These are youth who have struggled much of their lives yet have the dreams and fortitude to pursue higher education to make their lives better,” said DHS Commissioner Lucinda Jesson. “These are our future nurses, accountants, mechanics, carpenters, dental assistants, social workers, police officers, information technology specialists, and business men and women.”
Most of the students receiving these funds are 18-20 years old and living in foster care. Slightly fewer than half are first-time applicants to the program. They attend a variety of two- and four-year post-secondary schools around the state and out of state. Their average grade point average is 2.79.
In addition to the Education and Training Vouchers, many also receive federal, state and other grants and scholarships.
To qualify, youth must:
• Have been in foster care up to age 18.
• Be under state guardianship at age 18.
• Be adopted or part of a family through transfer of custody from the foster care system at or after age 16.
The application period for spring semester is January 1-30. Students interested in applying should check the Education and Training Voucher Program webpage at mn.gov/dhs.

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