Chafee Grant for Foster Youth

College Grants for Foster Youth

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.

If you are/were in Kin-GAP, a non-related legal guardianship, or were adopted,

you are eligible only if you were a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, for at least one day between the ages of 16 and 18.

YOU ARE ELIGIBLE ONLY IF YOU WERE A DEPENDENT OR WARD OF THE COURT, LIVING IN FOSTER CARE, FOR AT LEAST ONE DAY BETWEEN THE AGES OF 16 AND 18.

(whether or not consecutive)

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.

How Do I Apply?

If unable to submit electronically, you may print and submit the paper versions below:

Awarding Process

  1. ** Paid renewal students who have not reached their 26th birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
  2. New and ***non-paid renewal students who will be 25 years old as of July 1st of the award year.
  3. New and non-paid renewal students who have dependents.
  4. New and non-paid renewal students who have an unmet need of $5,000 or more.
  5. New and non-paid renewal students who have an unmet need of less than $5,000.