Question of the Week: Post-Secondary Education Series

Q: Is a student who exited to guardianship prior to her 16th birthday, but whose dependency case remained open, eligible for Chafee ETV?

A: If a youth has exited to legal guardianship but still has dependency, then it depends on how the language is worded in the individual court order. If the language reads that the youth is in the care, custody and control of the county while in the guardianship, then they would still be eligible for Chafee as this would satisfy the eligibility requirement of being in foster care at some point between 16 and 18 years of age. However, if a young person was in guardianship and the orders state that he or she was in the care or custody of the guardian, then they would not be eligible if the guardianship had been established prior to the age of 16.

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