California Chafee Grant Program


California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth
Overview For Students

The California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth (Chafee Grant) awards up to $5,000 a year to eligible foster youth. The Chafee Grant may be used at any eligible California college or university, or career or technical school. Students attending schools in other states may also qualify. A student’s receipt of a Chafee Grant award shall not exceed five years (whether or not consecutive). Payment on an eligible California Chafee Grant Award is not guaranteed.  Funding is limited.  Payments are made on a first-come first-served basis.


To be eligible for the Chafee Grant, a student must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Not have reached your 26th birthday as of July 1st of the award year.


  • Be a current or former foster youth who was a dependent or ward of the court, living a in out-of-home foster care placement, between the ages of 16 and 18.


  • Be a youth who was placed in out-of-home care by a tribe or tribal organization between the ages of 16-18.

All foster care eligibility is verified by the California Department of Social Services (CDSS). 


STEP 1: Submit a Chafee Application

STEP 2: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or  CA Dream Act Application (CADAA). The 2024-25 FAFSA/CADAA will be available in December 2023.

Interested students can still apply for the 2023-24 academic year through August 1, 2024. Current Chafee Grant applicants do not need to submit a Chafee Application annually. 

• The 2024-25 application opened on October 1, 2023.

Awardees are notified in July for the current Academic Year.


For more information please see our Frequently Asked Questions:
Chafee Grant Frequently Asked Questions


Once a student has completed their application, they will receive a  confirmation email that their application has been submitted. The Commission will review the FAFSA or CADAA and Chafee Grant Application.

  • If you applied for a Chafee Grant, go to WebGrants for Students to check  the status of your application.
  • Students selected for an award will be notified via email.
  • The institution will verify payment eligibility, request funds, and disburse the check.


All Forms should be emailed securely to

For more information contact the 
Chafee Grant Program at: