Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program
This federally funded program offers grants to Pennsylvania undergraduate students aging out of foster care who are attending an eligible postsecondary institution.
PHEAA administers the Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant (Chafee) Program on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services as authorized under the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 and amended by the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of 2001.
To be considered for this grant, you must:
- Be a Pennsylvania resident
- Be eligible for services under Pennsylvania's John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood
- Be identified as a youth in foster care or a youth discharged or adopted from foster care at age 16
- Be a new applicant participating in the Chafee Program prior to your 21st birthday, or be a renewal applicant who has not reached your 23rd birthday by July 1 of the upcoming academic year in which Chafee funds will be awarded.
- Be enrolled as an undergraduate, at least half time in a college or career school that is approved by the U.S. Department of Education for Title IV student assistance programs
- Demonstrate financial need for the grant (as determined by the postsecondary institution)
- Maintain satisfactory academic progress (as determined by the postsecondary institution)
- Not be in default on a federal student loan
The maximum award under this program for 2018-19 is $5,000. However, no award may exceed your cost of attendance minus any other financial aid you receive. Please note that the maximum award amount is subject to change due to Federal Grant levels.
Please note that the 2018-19 Chafee application deadline is December 31, 2018. The 2019-20 application will be made available in April 2019.
- Complete the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- Download and complete the Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program Application (PDF)
- Mail your completed application to:
State Grant and Special Programs
P.O. Box 8157
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157
Yes. You must complete a renewal FAFSA at fafsa.ed.gov. Students who received a grant during the 2017-18 academic year through the Chafee Program do not need to complete an application for 2018-19. Students who received a grant during 2017-18 and transferred to a different institution for 2018-19 should notify PHEAA via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-800-692-7392.
NOTE: Effective March 1, 2018, information about a State Grant or Special Programs applicant/recipient will only be released to the student and authorized third parties. PHEAA will also no longer honor any prior third party authorization forms. We apologize for any inconvenience and encourage the applicant/recipient to contact us directly to learn more about his/her account status.