Educational Resources

College Bound Program

  • Funded by Cuyahoga County
  • What is it? $20 Daily living stipend to help with daily living expenses.
  • Eligibility: High school Diploma or GED and aged out of foster care in Cuyahoga County.
  • Enrolled in a degree, certificate or other accredited program at a college, university, technical or vocational school.
  • Registered for full time credit hours per quarter or semester (full time credit hours for Summer classes)
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA
  • Eligible until age 23.
  • Submit class schedule and Grades per semester/quarter to College Bound Coordinator to confirm that you continue to meet the program requirements.
  • Contact the College Bound Coordinator: (216) 881-5755

Educational Training Voucher (ETV)

  • Eligibility: In foster care at age 18 and aged out at that time
  • Adopted from foster care after your 16th birthday
  • Accepted into or enrolled in a degree, certificate or other accredited program at a college, university, technical or vocational school.
  • Need based aid up to $5000 a year. First come first served.
  • Aid can be utilized for anything that furthers your educational pursuits (books, transportation, living expenses etc.…)
  • Must apply @ www.statevoucher.org  
  • Must reapply every year
  • Set up an email account
  • Must apply before your 21st birthday
  • Submit grades, course schedule each semester to ETV coordinator
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA

Free Application for Federal Student Aid

  • Referred to as “FAFSA”
  • Apply @ www.fafsa.ed.gov
  • Establish a PIN www.pin.ed.gov. This is used to send and correct info on the FAFSA
  • Establish an email address
  • Complete before October 1st to be eligible to receive the Ohio College Opportunity Grant
  • Reapply every academic year to be eligible for Ohio College Opportunity Grant and the Pell Grant
  • List all the schools and colleges that you have a desire to attend.
  • If you decide later to add or delete a school; just revisit your FAFSA account at the FAFSA website above. College Now can assist you with completion of the FAFSA.
  • College Now: (216) 241-5587

The Sullivan-Deckard Scholars Opportunity Program

The Sullivan-Deckard Scholars Opportunity Program provides opportunity for highly motivated youth who are aging out of foster care to pursue an undergraduate degree. The program offers the benefits of a world-class education at Cleveland State University with a system of support that is customized and structured to meet the academic, social and financial needs. The goal is to help students make a smooth transition to independent living, successfully complete engaged learning for personal and professional development, and ultimately earn a Bachelor’s Degree.

More information about the program