Foster Youth

Financial Aid: Scholarships and Grants for Foster Youth

If you plan on attending college, there are a number of resources to assist in financing your college experience, including scholarships, grants, work-study and loans. The Financial Aid process begins with completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

California Chafee Grant

The California Chafee Grant provides up to $5,000 to eligible former foster youth up to the age of 21. If enrolled before age 21, eligibility can be extended to age 23. Grant money is to be used for career and technical training, or college courses at California Community Colleges, California State Universities, or University of California campuses, etc.

  • Children who exit foster care from relative guardianship or were adopted after age 16 are also eligible.
  • Students must enroll in at least half-time, as defined by the school.
  • Complete and submit a FAFSA and all financial aid verification forms at the school of your choice.
Looking for more ways to pay for college?
  • Check out the California Student Aid Commission's resources on paying for college (.pdf).