What is the Chafee Grant for foster youth?
The Chafee Grant is a federally funded program designed for undergraduate students who are current or former foster youth and may be used for career, technical training or college courses. Funding is subject to availability of Federal funds each year. To be considered for the Chafee Grant, students must complete the FAFSA and Chafee Grant application.
If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for a California Chafee Grant. You do not have to repay these funds once you have been granted. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. The grant is in addition to any other state or federal aid and you may receive as much as $5,000.00 per school year.
How do I qualify for the Chafee Grant?
To qualify, you must:
- Be eligible, or have been eligible, for foster care between your 16th and 18th birthday
- Not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1, or the award year
The California Department of Social Services will determine your foster youth eligibility status.
How do I apply for Chafee Grant?
File two forms:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. File online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. (Undocumented students may contact the Commission for further instructions.)
- California Chafee Grant Program Application. Submit a paper copy or an online application to the Commission.
For more information please visit www.chafee.csac.ca.gov or call the Commission at: 1-888-224-7268 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:50 p.m.
Stay in school or lose your grant!
You must stay in school to keep your Chafee Grant! If you enroll in classes and get paid grant money based on eligibility and enrollment, be sure to let us know if you are dropping classes prior to doing so. Dropping a class can cause your status to go into repayment. If you owe grant money back to the school, all additional financial aids funds may be suspended until repayment is made.
Adhere to Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards
You must maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0 or better and the ratio of classes completed must be a t least 75%. If you do not maintain these standards, your financial aid may be suspended.
If you have questions regarding your status, please contact the Financial Aid Office at (626) 914-8592.