CalGrants and the Chafee Grant

Cal Grants are one of the smartest ways to get cash for college. For starters, it's money you don't have to pay back. If you're a graduating high school senior or recent graduate, meet academic, financial and eligibility requirements and submit two forms by the Cal Grant deadline, you may receive a Cal Grant! Deadline to apply each year is March 2nd. For more information, visit

To apply for Cal Grants:

  • Complete the FAFSA or Dream Act by March 2nd.
  • Submit a verified Cal Grant GPA by March 2nd.
  • Confirm your high school graduation with CSAC.

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The Chafee Grant

The California Chafee Grant is free money for current or former California foster youth to help pay for college or career and technical training. Chafee Grants don’t have to be paid back. You may also use your grant to pay for child care, rent and transportation while you’re in school. A Chafee Grant is a federal and state funded grant subject to yearly availability of funds.

The Chafee Grant:

  • Is for students who are or were in foster care and have financial need.
  • Provides up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college.
  • Can be used at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states


The Chafee Grant (ETV) is federal and state funded with a current minimum Chafee Grant amount of $5,000 per academic year, not to exceed cost of attendance. The final award amount will be determined based on the college of attendance and enrollment status.


To qualify, you must be a current or former foster youth and not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1 of the award year. The court must have established your dependency when you were between the ages of 16 and 18. The California Department of Social Services will verify your foster youth eligibility status.