Opportunities for Foster Youth
GRADUATION EXEMPTION FOR FOSTER YOUTH ASSEMBLY BILL (AB) 167/216
Please see the links at the bottom of this page for more information regarding graduation requirements and facts for our foster youth according to the state of California.
What is the Chafee grant?
If you are or were in foster care and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don’t have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for child care, transportation and rent while you’re in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.
Chafee Foster Youth Eligibility Requirements
To qualify, you must:
- Be a current or former foster youth who was a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, between the ages of 16 and 18.
- Youth who are/were in Kin-GAP or non-related legal guardianships or adopted are eligible only if the youth was in foster care and a dependent or ward of the court after turning age 16.
- Not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
How Do I Apply?
To be considered for a California Chafee Grant, you must complete the following:
- Submit the California Chafee Grant Application online; and
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online; or
- If you do not have a Social Security Number (SSN), submit the California Dream Act Application (CADA)online. (Dream Act Id required to submit a Chafee Grant Application)
- Have your school complete and submit the Chafee Need Analysis Report (NAR)
Electronic submission of all required documents is preferred, but if you are unable to do so, you may print and submit the paper versions below:
Note: Forms are year-specific. Be sure to complete the applications that corresponds with the academic year you will be attending school.
Please click on the link below and you will see all of the above information as well as more information regarding the Chafee Grant.
California Student Aid Commission Contact information:
Specialized Programs Operations Branch – Chafee
P.O. Box 419029
Rancho Cordova, CA 95741-9029
888-224-7268 (toll free) | 916-464-7977 (fax)
Celebration 1 2016:
Honoring the academic achievements of foster youth. See attachment “ Celebration 4” for more info. Also, see http://www.unitedfriends.org/images/Celebration_Application_2016_10_1_2015_FINAL.PDF “Celebration Application 2016” to apply.
The California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership’s insights Volume X, Crossover Youth: A Shared Responsibility
The California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership is pleased to share the latest issue of insights Volume X, Crossover Youth: A Shared Responsibility. http://co-invest.org/home/?
Children and youth involved in the Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice systems are among the most vulnerable of California's children. These young people are more likely to be separated from their families, suffer behavioral health problems and have poor educational outcomes. Although the challenges they face are critical, the current institutional responses and interventions may not be best suited to serve these children. This issue of insights offers an overview of data, policy and reform efforts that seek to better understand crossover youth and share accountability for their well-being.