​Foster Youth​ Foster Youth Liaison
(530) 242-7799

8/19/14 - Chafee Funding​
Chafee checks are generally disbursed within the first three weeks of the semester.  You will be notified by phone and email if and when your Chafee check is available for pick up. You must show Government Issued Picture ID (Driver's License, Passport or other State Issued ID) when you pick up the check.

What is a California 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.

How do I qualify?
To qualify, you must:

  • Be a current or former foster youth*
  • Not have reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1 of the award year​
  • Have financial need

*To qualify, foster youth dependency of the court must have been established between the ages of 16 and 18. KinGap youth who are or were eligible to receive Independent Living Program services, guardian placements and voluntary placements may not be eligible for the California Chafee Grant unless court dependency was established between the ages of 16 and 18.

How do I apply?
You must submit the following forms*:

  • California Chafee Grant Program Application
  • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Shasta College Foster Youth Liaison will submit the Chafee Needs Analysis Report (NAR).*

*Note: Forms are year-specific. Be sure to complete the applications that correspond with the academic year you will be attending school.

What is required to receive your Chafee funds?
You must:

  • Enroll in an eligible public or private college or university or technical school 
  • Be enrolled at least half-time 
  • Enroll in a program at least one academic year long 
  • Attend class regularly and get good grades or you may lose your Chafee Grant funds

How do I renew my Chafee Grant?
If you receive a Chafee Grant, it may be renewed through your 23rd birthday. You do not need to reapply for your Chafee Grant each year; however, you must submit a FAFSA and then contact the Foster Youth Liaison regarding additional paperwork.

The Commission may contact you for updated information. Be sure to respond to e-mails, letters or forms that you may receive.

Complete the FAFSA
application using
the following link:
Complete the
California Chafee
Grant Application
using the following link:
​ ​Information courtesy of the California Student Aid Commission 

​Foster Youth Services through Shasta College 

  • Priority Registration:
    In accordance with AB194 Shasta College offers priority registration for Former Foster Youth ages 13 to 24
  • Priority Financial Aid Processing:
    Our office provides priority Financial Aid processing for Former Foster Youth ages 13 to 24 contact the Foster Youth Liaison at the phone or email address listed above.
  • SCI-FI* Program -(*Shasta College Inspiring and Fostering Independence​)
  • EOPS
  • DSPS
  • Northern California Higher Ed Pathway - Supporting Former Foster Youth to a create clear and successful path to Chico State University

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