California Student Aid Commission
California Chafee Grant Program
Student Application
The following information is needed so that your application may be considered for the California Chafee Grant Program for foster youth.

The California Chafee Grant Program gives free money to current or former foster youth enrolled in vocational school or college courses at least half-time and making satisfactory academic progress.

To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:
  • Be a current or former foster youth who was a 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, you are eligible only if you were a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, between the ages of 16 and 18.

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

  • Not have participated in the program for more than 5 years (whether or not consecutive).
The California Department of Social Services will determine your foster youth eligibility status.

Students: To check your Chafee Grant status you can go online to WebGrants for Students.

If you have questions, please email us at

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All fields marked "*" are 'Required'
If you are an undocumented student and do not have a Dream Act ID,
please submit a Dream Act Application to obtain an ID.
SSN/Dream Act ID:
Which application do you want to file?
If you are currently enrolled in college, submit a 2019-2020 application.
If you are a high school senior and plan to attend college in the Fall of 2020 or Spring 2021, submit a 2020-2021 application.
Academic Year:
Last Name: First Name: MI:
Address 1: Home Phone: ( ) -  
Address 2: Work Phone: ( ) -  
City: State:      Zip: -
Email: Re-type Email:  
Alternate Email: Re-type Alternate Email:  
Date of Birth: (MM/DD/YYYY)
Foster Care County:     
School of Attendance:  
If you do not see your school listed, please contact CSAC at 1-888-CAGRANT (1-888-224-7268), option 3.
If you cannot find your school in the drop down list above, enter the name, city and state in the boxes below.
School Name: City: State:
Degree Goal:      
Major:                  Education Level:  
Are/were you in foster care placement under court dependency?
Have you completed a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?
(The FAFSA must be completed prior to receiving any Chafee Grant funds. The FAFSA can be filed on-line at
How did you find out about the Chafee Grant Program?
I declare under penalty of the laws of the State of California and of the United States that this form has been examined by me and to the best of my knowledge and belief is true, correct and complete.
I authorize the Commission and the California Department of Social Services to receive and to release my student records, information regarding this application, including confidential information, and other information I have provided concerning my application with institutions and appropriate public and private agencies.

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