Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program

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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.

Am I Eligible?

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

How Much Can I Expect to Receive?

The maximum award under this program for 2017-18 is $5,000. However, no award may exceed your cost of attendance minus any other financial aid you receive.

How Do I Apply?

Please note that the 2017-18 Chafee application deadline is December 31, 2017. The 2018-19 application will be made available in April 2018.

  1. Complete the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  2. Download and complete the Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program Application (PDF).
  3. Mail your completed application to:

    State Grant and Special Programs
    P.O. Box 8157
    Harrisburg, PA 17105-8157

Can I Renew?

Yes. You must complete a renewal FAFSA at Students who received a grant during the 2016–2017 academic year through the Chafee Program do not need to complete an application for 2017–2018. Students who received a grant during 2016-17 and transferred to a different institution for 2017-18 should notify PHEAA via email to or by calling 1-800-692-7392.

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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.