You qualify for a Chafee Grant if you meet ALL of these eligibility criteria:
- You are a current or former foster youth who was in court-ordered out-of-home care at any time between 16-18 years old.
- This includes youth who were adopted or in a legal guardianship after age 16. AND
- You are enrolled at least half time in a post-secondary program as defined by your school. AND
- You completed the FAFSA and financial aid application at your school. AND
- You had the financial aid office at your school complete a Need Analysis Review (NAR). AND
- You meet or continue to meet financial aid academic progress as defined by your school.
- In other words, you must attend class regularly and get good grades. AND
- You are a minimum of 16 years old but have not reached your 22nd birthday as of July 1st of the award year.
After you apply, your FAFSA and Chafee Grant Program Application will be reviewed and your foster youth status will be verified. Your school will determine your financial aid eligibility and you will then receive a letter regarding your award status. You do not need to have a high school diploma or a GED to receive a Chafee Grant.