California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth
If you are or were in foster care for at least one day, between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.
To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:
1. Be a current or former foster youth who was a ward of the court, living in foster care, for at least one day between the ages of 16 and 18.
2. Youth who are/were in Kin-GAP, a non-related legal guardianship, or were adopted, are eligible only if the youth was a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, for at least one day between the ages of 16 and 18.
3. Not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
Pursuant to Assembly Bill 2506, starting with the 2017-18 award year, you can only receive your Chafee Grant if you attend a school that is either of the following:
1. A qualifying institution that is eligible for participation in the Cal Grant Program.
2. An institution that is not located in California with a three-year cohort default rate that is less than 15.5 percent and a graduation rate greater than 30 percent.
2. Submit the California Chafee Grant Application
Electronic submission of all required documents is preferred, but if you are unable to do so, you may print and submit the paper versions below:
Important Note for Paper Applicants
Forms are year-specific. Be sure to complete the applications that corresponds with the academic year you will be attending school.
Renewing My Chafee Grant
If you received a Chafee Grant, it may be renewed through your 23rd birthday as of July 1st of the award year. You do not need to reapply for the Chafee Grant each year; however, you must submit a FAFSA or CADAA.
The Commission may contact you for updated information. Be sure to respond to emails, letters or forms that you may receive.
What Happens After I Apply?
The Commission will review your FAFSA or CADAA and Chafee Application.
The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) may verify your foster status. If CDSS is not able to verify your status, please complete the Foster Care Eligibility Certification Form and mail it.
Once all of the above is completed, the Commission will send you an email message if you are selected fo an award.
The school will verify payment eligibility and disburse the check to you.
If you applied for a Chafee Grant, go to WebGrants for Students to check the status of your application.
Student's completed applications are sorted by application date, and awards are offered based on the following priority selection criteria:
- **Paid renewal students who have not reached their 23rd birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
- New and ***non-paid renewal students who will be 22 years old as of July 1st of the award year.
- New and non-paid renewal students who have dependents.
- New and non-paid renewal students who have an unmet need of $5,000 or more.
- New and non-paid renewal students who have an unmet need of less than $5,000.
** Students who have received a Chafee payment.
*** Students who have not received a Chafee payment.
Upon selection for an award, students are sent payment notifications for each term.
The majority of Chafee Grant awards are initiated during the fall term and additional awards are offered year round based on available federal and state funding each year.
Specialized Programs Operations Brach - Chafee
P.O. Box 419029
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741