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 Independence Program
- Be identified as a youth in foster care or a youth discharged or adopted from foster care after 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 2016-17 is $5,000. However, no award may exceed your cost of attendance minus any other financial aid you receive.
Please note that the 2016-17 Chafee application is no longer available due to the December 31, 2016 deadline. The 2017-18 application will be made available in April 2017.
- Complete the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
- Download and complete the Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program Application.
- 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 2015–2016 academic year through the Chafee Program do not need to complete an application for 2016–2017.