DCFS must have court ordered legal responsibility for youth.
Youth must have high school diploma or GED certificate or be enrolled as a full-time student in an accredited university or a vocational training program.
Must complete the CFS 449 (Youth in College/Vocational Training Program application).
Must be at least 16 years old and not yet 21
Maintain at least "C" average each semester.
Maintain full-time status (12 hours Fall & Spring, 6 hours in Summer, or an approved summer internship). Enrollment will be verified through the National Student Clearinghouse.
Submit youth class schedule at the start of each semester and your grades at the end of each semester (no schedule and grades, no payment!)
Report any change of address promptly to the Business Office by fax at 309-693-5433.
Apply for financial aid every year to cover tuition or room and board costs.
Youth may choose to attend an accredited vocational school, four-year college or community college.
A monthly grant in the amount of $471 is provided each month for up to four (4) years. Direct deposit is strongly recommended.
Medical cards are provided to Illinois students until participant reaches the age of 21.
Reimbursement available for books not covered by financial aid.
Education Advisors and OETS staff are available for assistance.
Benefits available until the earlier of four (4) years, or the semester of the 23rd birthday.
This program is a chance of a lifetime!
Youth is eligible for a one-time start up funding in the amount of $200 to be used for initial living expenses.
Important Plans To Consider:
Arranging transportation to the school location
Planning for housing when school is closed for breaks and holidays
Devising a backup plan for education finances if your grant is lost or stolen
Seeking tutorial assistance through the school, and meeting with your Education Advisor and OETS staff if your grades are low, if you are having problems in a particular course, or if you must withdraw from any classes.
Education and Training Voucher Program for expenses not covered by Youth in College/Vocational Training Program.
What the Youth In College/Vocational Training Program DOES NOT Cover:
Computers or Internet services
Study enhancement programs
Dorm room damages
Repayment of student loans
Transportation to and from school
Please mail the following documents to the Office of Education and Transition Services (OETS) by the following dates:
August 15Schedule, Summer Grades, Address Changes
January 15Schedule, Fall Grades, Address Changes
June 15Schedule, Spring Grades, Address Changes
Please contact your caseworker for more information and assistance with form CFS 449 (Youth in College/Vocational Training Program application)
Note: A youth's application cannot be processed after his/her 21st birthday. It is imperative that caseworker's for older youth assist the youth in completing and submitting the application to OETS no later than six weeks prior to the youth's 21st birthday.