What is Brighter Star?
Brighter Star is the name of Wisconsin’s Education and Training Voucher (ETV) program. It is funding distributed to help young adults pay for college and career or training programs.
Who is eligible?
● Students who are at least 17.5 years old and are likely to remain in court-ordered out-of-home care placement until the age of 18 or older
● Students who were adopted or entered Ch. 48 guardianship at age 16+, following time in a court-ordered out-of-home care placement; or
● Students between 18 and 23 years old who “aged out” of the foster care system (left at age 18 or older)
Is there an age limit?
Brighter Star serves youth up to age 23 or for five academic years, whichever comes first.
What are the requirements to receive funds?
The student must be enrolled in (or accepted to) an accredited or pre-accredited post high school program and maintain good standing to receive continued funding.
How much funding is available for eligible youth?
Students can receive up to $5,000 per academic year based on their school’s cost of attendance and available funds.