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Educational Talent Search

Educational Talent Search (ETS) identifies and assists individuals who have the potential to succeed in higher education and are eligible for the program.

Program Eligibility:

  • Youth or Adults (ages of 11-27)
  • US Citizens or Permanent Resident
  • Court Ordered Youth (ages 13-17)
  • Individual from a low-income household (see income guidelines)
  • Potential First-Generation College Bound (neither parent has a Bachelor’s Degree)
  • At least two-thirds (2/3) of participants must be low-income and potential first generation college students
  • Enrolled at one of the participating schools:
    • Thornton Fractional North H.S.
    • Thornton Fractional South H.S.
    • Thornwood High School
    • Middle Schools that feed into the designated high schools


ETS participants receive the following services at no cost:

  • Academic Advising
  • Career Exploration
  • Financial Aid Workshops
  • Assistance with College Admission
  • ACT Prep Information
  • College Tours
  • Time Management Strategies
  • Test Taking and Study Skills
  • Self Esteem Building
  • Individualized Action Plan
Size of Family Unit Taxable Income
1 $17,505
2 $23,595
3 $29,685
4 $35,775
5 $41,865
6 $47,955
7 $54,045
8 $60,135

The Educational Talent Search (ETS) program is administered by Community and Economic Development Association (CEDA) of Cook County, Inc. and is federally funded by the U.S. Department of Education.