Title IV-E education programs (commonly referred to as "stipend programs") are delivered through partnerships between State universities and child welfare agencies. These programs, which provide stipends or tuition reimbursement for undergraduate and graduate education, can improve recruitment and retention in the child welfare workforce by reinforcing worker competencies, delivering specialized continuing education, facilitating professional communities, and training leaders.

Stipend programs are made available through Federal title IV-E training funds—with a State or Tribal agency match—and provide a variety of financial supports and training to help current child welfare workers obtain degrees or attract students to positions in child welfare. Various institutions and agencies offer financial assistance to in-person, online, full-time, or part-time students. Offering online education can attract students from rural and Indigenous communities and reduce the need for students to relocate. Title IV-E stipend programs show the potential to decrease child welfare disproportionality by diversifying racial and ethnic representation in the workforce.

As payback for educational support, graduates are required to work in public or Tribal child welfare in roles funded by title IV-E for a specified period. 

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