Cal Grant B for Foster Youth
On July 1, 2018 California expanded the Cal Grant Program to
allow students who are current and former foster youth to be
eligible for increased Cal Grant eligibility.
- Foster youth students may renew
their Cal Grant B awards for the equivalent of eight
years of full-time attendance in an undergraduate
- Foster youth students have until
their 26th birthday to apply for the Cal Grant
High School Entitlement Award.
- Foster youth students attending a
California Community College can apply for a High School
Entitlement award through September 2nd (rather
than March 2nd).
Apply: Learn how to apply for a Cal
Grant by clicking here.
Phone Number: 1-888-224-7268, M-F 8:00 AM
to 4:45 PM
Chafee Foster Youth Grant Program is a federal and state funded
grant subject to yearly availability of funds.
- This program is administered by the
Commission though an interagency agreement with the California
Department of Social Services (CDSS).
- Chafee provides current or former
California foster youth up to $5,000 per
year for education expenses at an eligible California or
out of state college.
- The conditions and qualifications
for the Chafee Grant are on the Commission’s website: https://chafee.csac.ca.gov/.
Facts Sheet: https://chafee.csac.ca.gov/SupportFiles/Chafee_factsheet.pdf
Frequently Asked Questions about Chafee for Foster
1. How can schools get Chafee checks to students if the
campus is closed?
Answer: Disbursement process has always been left in the
schools’ hands. Some schools deposit the checks into student
accounts, some have the student come into the office and sign for
it and a few online schools mail the checks to the students. If a
school decides to mail the checks to the students, it is
recommended that it is sent registered mail with signature
required. Again, disbursement is completely up to the school and
they should be working with their Directors for the best course
2. Is the State Controller’s Office still issuing out
Answer: No changes have been made to the processing of
checks. The checks are still being printed and mailed out to the
schools. It can take 2 to 4 weeks for the check to arrive at the
3. Will CSAC mail the checks directly to the
Answer: No. Our process will not change at this time.
4. What if a student cannot sign the authorization form
so that the check can be released to the student?
Answer: CSAC never receives the authorization forms, this is
a part of a school’s disbursement process. This is completely up
to the school on how they track and audit their disbursement
5. What happens if the campus mailroom is closed or the
accounting office that receives the checks is closed, how can the
FAO get the check to the student?
Answer: The FAO will need to coordinate with their staff.
This is out of CSAC’s control.
6. Will CSAC send a Special Alert to advise the school of
any important updates?
Answer: CSAC will send updates as needed. It is advised that
FAO’s sign up on the listserv to get important updates.
Students with Dependent Children (SWD)
Students with Dependents Children Program increases the Cal Grant
award beginning in the 2019-20 academic year for students
attending a University of CA (UC), California State University
(CSU), or California Community College (CCC).
- Must have dependent
children that are under 18 years of age, and for whom
they provide more than half of their financial support for during
the academic year.
- Are eligible to receive an access
award of up to $6,000 for Cal Grant
A recipients, $6,024 for Cal Grant B
recipients, and $4,000 for Cal Grant B
recipients, in addition to the Cal Grant tuition
and fee amounts.
- SWD attending a private
institution do not qualify for an increased award amount
but may still qualify for the base Cal Grant award amounts.
Phone Number: 1-888-224-7268, M-F
8:00 AM to 4:45 PM
John Burton Advocates for Youth
Get more information about the following resources: Educational
Resources, Housing Resources, Healthcare Resources, and Extended
Foster Care, and Resources for Parenting Foster Youth.
Department of Social Services
Get more information about the following resources: Foster Care
Educational Rights, Foster Care to 21, Graduation and Partial
Credits, High School Graduation Alternatives, Other Scholarships
Just for Foster Youth, College Support Programs, and Housing