California Chafee Grant Program

The California Chafee Grant is available for current or former foster youth to use for career and technical training or college courses. The Chafee Grant Program, also known as the Education and Training Voucher (ETV), is a federally funded program and is subject to the availability of federal funds each year.

How Much Can A Student Receive?

The California Chafee Grant Program may provide up to $5,000 per academic year of free money to foster youth and former foster youth to use for college courses or vocational school training. The student will receive an award based on their unmet financial need, up to the maximum award amount of $5,000.

What do I need to Apply?

  • You must be enrolled in an eligible college or vocational school.
  • You must be enrolled at least half time (6 units).
  • You must maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (Financial Aid Eligibility & Academic Standards).
  • You were in California foster care between your 16th and 18th birthday.
  • 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 must not have reached your 26th birthday as of July 1, of the award year.
  • You have not participated in the program for more than 5 years. 

How do I Apply?

Two forms are needed to apply for the Chafee Grant:

What happens after I Apply?

  • The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) will verify your Independent Living Program (ILP) status.
  • The financial aid office will determine your unmet financial need and financial aid eligibility.
  • The California Student Aid Commission will review your FAFSA or California Dream Act Application and your Chafee Grant Application.
  • Once all of the above is completed, the California Student Aid Commission will notify you of your award status.
Note that the amount of the Chafee Grant, when combined with a Pell Grant, may not exceed the student's cost of attendance.