California: Chafee Grant Offers Education Funding for Foster Youth

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The Chafee Grant, a mixture of state and federal funds, offers financial assistance to current or former foster youth in California interesting in pursuing technical training or college within the state.

Applicants must be younger than 22, still in or formally in a foster care program in the state of California and complete three forms to determine eligibility: the Chafee Grant Application, the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA), and Chafee Need Analysis Report (NAR).

Grants range from $5,000 to the full cost of tuiton, depending on the students financial need assessment. Money can be used for support services such as child care, rent and transportation, as well as general education fees such as books and tuition.

There is no deadline for applications. Grants rewards are issued on a per-semester basis. Successful applicants have the opportunity to renew funding each year until he or her 23rd birthday.

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