If you are or were in foster care 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.
Applicants must be current or former foster youth who are under 22 years of age as of July 1 of the award year. Dependency must have been established by the court between the ages of 16 and 18. Financial need is required. Applicants must enroll at least half-time in a program that is at least one academic year long, and they must attend class regularly and maintain good grades.
How Do I Apply?
To be considered for a California Chafee Grant, you must complete the following:
Submit the California Chafee Grant Application online; and
Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online; or
If you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), submit the California Dream Act Application (CADA)online. (Dream Act Id required to submit a Chafee Grant Application)
Have your school complete and submit the Chafee Need Analysis Report (NAR)