California Chafee Grant For Foster Youth

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.

Chafee Grant Resources for Administrators

Please refer to the following resources when processing eligibility and payment requests for current or former foster youth who wish to participate in the Chafee Grant program.

Chafee Grant Coordinator's Guide  
Chafee Grant Payment Roster Quick User Guide 
Chafee Grant Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Implementation 

Chafee EFT went live on May 2, 2023. Any payment requests will be delivered electronically to the institutions that opted-in to receive Chafee EFT. 

As a reminder, institutions should update their cash management policy to include how Chafee EFT funds will be handled internally since the institutional office that receives Chafee funds may change.

Institutions who opted-out of Chafee EFT will continue to receive paper warrants by mail.

For more information, visit the Chafee Grant EFT webpage.

SB 150 Frequently Asked Questions  

Senate Bill No. 150 (SB 150) went into effect on January 1, 2020, and allows students to receive Chafee grants for up to two years before becoming ineligible due to not making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

For more information, visit the Chafee Grant SB 150 Frequently Asked Questions.

Student Website, Resources, and Forms

Information and forms for students can be found on the Chafee Overview for Students webpage.

For more information contact:

California Student Aid Commission

Chafee Grant Program