What is a Chafee Grant?
The California Chafee Grant is free money to current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses. Students may qualify for up to $5,000 in addition to any other state or federal aid they receive. Because this is a grant, it does not have to be repaid. This grant can used toward costs including child care, transportation and rent. Funding is limited.
How do I qualify for Chafee Grant? To qualify:
- You are or were in foster care between ages 16-18
- You have not reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1st of the award year
- You are enrolled in at least 6 units in an eligible program (undergraduate degree or certificate)
- You demonstrate financial need, as determined by the FAFSA or California Dream Act Application
- You maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
How do I apply for a Chafee Grant?
File two forms:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application (AB 540 undocumented students). File online or get a paper form from your school.
- California Chafee Grant Program Application. Submit a paper copy or an online application to the Commission.
For more information on the process please read Chafee Grant Facts or visit www.chafee.csac.ca.gov