Diverse California Community Colleges Pell Grants Students Sitting Outside on Campus

Chafee Grant

Chafee Grants can help pay for your college education.

Current and former foster youth under age 26 are eligible to apply for the Chafee Grant.

Current and former foster youth and dependents or wards of the court may qualify for up to $5,000 a year in free money for career training or college with the Chafee Grant.

Pell Grants Recipient and Student Reading in a California Community College Campus Library


The California Chafee Grant Program gives free money to current or former foster youth enrolled in a vocational school or college courses at least half-time and making satisfactory academic progress. Eligible foster youth have until their 26th birthday to apply. Students should also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or California Dream Act Application

Award Amount

Chafee Grants are available to any applicant who is or was in foster care between the ages of 16 to 18. Applicants may qualify for $5,000 a year for career and technical training. Current and former foster youth no more than 25 years old by July 1 of the award year are not subject to loss of the California College Promise Grant fee waiver. Current and former foster youth can also receive priority registration, counseling services, tutoring, textbook support and career and transfer assistance.

More financial aid programs available.

Most U.S. citizens qualify for financial aid with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undocumented students can get assistance through the California Dream Act (CADAA).



Federal Pell Grants go to undergraduate students without college degrees who come from low-income families.

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CalGrants get awarded to California resident undergraduates based on financial need, academic performance and other factors.

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Low-income students and students receiving cash assistance may automatically apply for a California College Promise Grant (CCPG).

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The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) offers over 3,000 student scholarships per year.

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Part-Time Employment

Federal work-study students earn money to pay for college by working a part-time job on-campus or out in the community.

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Foster youth students who were in care on or after their 16th birthday can apply for a Chafee Grant up until they turn 26.

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