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What is a Chafee Grant?

The California Chafee Grant provides current or former foster youth with funds 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:


For more information on the process please read Chafee Grant Facts or visit

Last updated: 2/6/2016 6:46:31 PM