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.

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 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

How Much Can I Expect to Receive?

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.

How Do I Apply?

Please note that the 2018-19 Chafee application deadline was December 31, 2018. The 2019-20 application will be made available in Spring 2019.

  1. Complete the FAFSA® (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  2. Download and complete the Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant Program Application once available in Spring 2019.
  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 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 or by calling 1-800-692-7392.