You may be eligible to apply for a Chafee Grant. The California Chafee Grant Program gives money to Foster Youth and former Foster Youth to use for vocational training or college courses. The Chafee Grant program, also known as the Educational and Training Voucher (ETV), is a federally and state funded program and is subject to the availability of funds each year. The student must have been a Foster Youth between the ages of 16 to 18. The student must be under the age of 26** and have been eligible to receive services from the Department of Social Services Independent Living Program (ILP). Award amounts are based on need. Applications can be submitted on line at www.chafee.csac.ca.gov.
Chafee Grant Program
What is Chafee?
The Chafee Grant Program, also known as the Educational and Training Voucher (ETV), is a federally and state funded program and is subject to the availability of funds each year. You may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college courses. 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.
Chafee Foster Your Eligibility Requirements:
To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be a current or former foster youth who was a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, between the ages of 16 and 18.
- If you are/were in Kin-GAP, a non-related legal guardianship or were adopted, are eligible only if you were a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, between the ages of 16 and 18.
- Have reached your 26th birthday as of July 1st of the award year
- Have not participated in program for more than 5 years (whether or not consecutive)
How do I apply?
To be considered for a California Chafee Grant, you must complete the following:
What happens after I apply?
- The Commission will review your FAFSA or CADAA and Chafee Grant 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 for an award.
- The MSJC Chafee Grant Coordinator will verify payment eligibility and will request payment.
- If you are eligible for a Chafee Grant check, it may take 4-6 weeks for the school to receive the check.
- The school will contact you when the check is ready for pick-up.
- If you applied for a Chafee Grant, go to WebGrants for Students to check the status of your application.
Receiving Chafee Funds
- Be enrolled at least half time.
- Enroll in a program at least one academic year long.
- Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).
- Demonstate Financial Need
Renewing My Chafee Grant
- If you receive a Chafee Grant, it may be renewed through your 26th birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
- You don't need to reapply for a Chafee Grant each year, however you must submit a FAFSA or CADAA.
Once your application is received by the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) it is sorted by application date, and awards are offered based on the following priority selection criteria below:
- **Paid renewal students who have not reached their 26th birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
- New and ***non-paid renewal students who will be 25 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 hae 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.
Resources and Documents
Your first step to success: A guide to the financial aid programs and services available at California Community Colleges, specifically for youth who have lived in foster care
Foster Care Eligibility Form
California Chafee Grant Application
Chafee Grant Update/Change Form
WebGrants for Students
Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
California Dream Act Application (CADAA)
Chafee Grant Fact Sheet
More Ways to Pay for College Fact Sheet
California College Pathways
The Community College Foundation
California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office
California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
CDSS Children and Family Services Division
CDSS Foster Care Help
California Youth Connection
MSJC Foster Youth District Liaison
Claudia Gutierrez: (951) 487-3253
MSJC Chafee Grant Program Coordinator
Windee Dixon: (951) 639-5241
California Student Aid Commission
Specialized Programs Operations Branch
California Chafee Grant Program
P.O. Box 419027
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9027
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