The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) administers this grant program for eligible students who are current or former foster youth. The California Department of Social Services will verify your foster youth eligibility status.
In general, you must:
- Be eligible, or have been eligible, for foster care between ages 16 and 18
- Have not reached your 26th birthday as of July 1st of the award year
Not all eligible students will receive a Chafee award. The California Student Aid Commission has limited funding and calculates awards throughout the year. Even if you are awarded, if you already have grants, scholarships, and other assistance that meets your Cost of Attendance, you will not receive any additional funding from the Chafee for that year.
How to apply
To apply, complete the:
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or the California Dream Act Application (for Dream Act-eligible students)
- Chafee Grant application
For more information, the Chafee Grant application and the Foster Care Eligibility form, visit the CSAC website.
WebGrants for students
The California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) selects undergraduate California residents for the Cal Grant A or Cal Grant B programs.
WebGrants for Students is CSAC’s secure website where you can monitor the processing of your Cal Grant application and award information.
Through WebGrants you can:
- Confirm that CSAC received your application
- Check your award status and award history
- Change your address and other demographic information with CSAC
- List SDSU as the first school to receive your Cal Grant award information