iv-e program eligibility
The primary programs implemented by the University Alliance are the Student Scholar and Employee Scholar programs. The Title IV-E program is a partnership between the University Alliance, the Louisiana Child Welfare Training Academy, and the Department of Children and Family Services.
Information on each program and their eligibility requirements can be found below.
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Student scholar program
The student scholar program, previously termed the “stipend program”, has been functioning for over 26 years. In order to become a scholar, students must apply to the individual university where they attend school through the online registration system. To be selected, students must complete and pass a structured interview process which requires interviews and assessment of readiness by the university coordinator, the DCFS Title IV-E Liaison, and a WAE Consultant assigned to that region/area/university.
Each university provides stipends (currently $7,500 for undergraduate students and $9,500 for graduate students) and supports students both in their final year of their respective programs and for the first three years that they are employed with the Department. Each university works with DCFS to place students in a field practicum (internship) for either one or two semesters. Undergraduate students complete around 400+ hours in their internship. Graduate students complete around 900+ hours.
Upon graduation, students must apply to work for DCFS and must contractually commit to working for the Department for at least one full year after graduation or must repay the stipend back after graduation.
employee scholar program
The employee scholar program, officially titled the Employee Education Support Program (EESP), provides tuition assistance to employees who work for the Department in order to work towards a graduate degree (MSW) at either GSU, LSU, or SUNO.
Tuition is paid directly to each university using. The current format of the program has been in place since 2019.
To support both programs, the partnership recruits current DCFS employees to serve as internship supervisors. These individuals directly train and supervise student and employee interns based on criteria established by each University as well as criteria established by the Council on Social Work Education, the accrediting organization for social work programs.
Supervisors who successfully complete supervision during the specified time period are eligible to receive a financial award as an incentive to provide quality supervision of interns based on program guidelines.