Education Financial Aid
California College Pathways- Financial Aid for College
• Financial Aid 101
Support with applying to Financial Aid
Support with maintaining Financial Aid
• Linkage to Scholarships
How to Enroll?
• Go to www.cacollegepathways.org/
Scroll over "Financial Aid" on the top bar
They serve people who are interested in college funding by listing a broad array of funding opportunities without asking for information from the applicant. There are no long forms to fill out in order to access their resources. For example, you can find any of the following without filling out forms with your personal information.
To receive these foster care college grants, you must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This application takes your income into consideration to determine how much support you will need to pay for college in the form of grants and loans.
Chaffee Grant - California Student Aid Commission
If you are or were in foster care for at least one day, between the ages of 16 and 18 as a dependent or ward of the court and have financial need, you may qualify for up to $5,000 a year for career and technical training or college. You don't have to pay this money back. You may also be able to use your grant to help pay for childcare, transportation and rent while you're in school. You can use your Chafee Grant at any eligible California college or university or career or technical school, as well as schools in other states.
• Be a current of former foster youth who was a ward of the court, living in foster care, for at lease one day between the ages of 16 and 18.
• If you are/were in Kin-GAP, a non-related legal guardianship, or were adopted, you are eligible only if you were a dependent or ward of the court, living in foster care, for at lease one day between the ages of 16 and 18.
Have not reached your 26th birthday as of July 1 of the award year
Have not participate in the program for more than 5 years (whether or not consecutive)
Must be attending a school that is either a qualifying institution that is eligible for participation in the Cal Grant Program, or an institution that is not located in CA with a 3 year cohort default rate that is less than 15.5 percent and a graduation rate greater than 30%
How to Enroll?
Apply by going to: https://www.chafee.csac.ca.gov/
• Select "Start Chafee Application"
• Start the application!
• FAFSA must be completed first.
Federal Pell Grant
This grant is a form of federal financial aid available to all students that are U.S. citizens (or eligible non-citizens)
You can receive up to $6,095 per academic year plus $3,048 if enrolled during the summer. This grant can be used at public or private, two or four year universities or colleges in California or out of state.
The Cal Grant is a form of state aid for California residents who attend college in California. Students attending four-year colleges and universities will often receive this grant.
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submit the FAFSA or CADAA application and your verified Cal Grant GPA by the deadline
• be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen or meet AB540 eligibility criteria o be a California resident for 1 year
• attend a qualifying California college not have a bachelor's or professional degree
• have financial need at the college of your choice
• have family income and assets below the minimum levels
o be enrolled or plan to enroll in a program leading to an undergraduate degree or certificate
• be enrolled or plan to enroll at least half time
• have registered with the U.S. Selective Service, if required to do so o
not owe a refund on any state or federal grant or be in default on a student loan not be incarcerated
o maintain the Satisfactory Academic Progress standards as established by the school. Recipients who do not meet the standards are ineligible for Cal Grant payment and will not use eligibility during the terms they are ineligible for payment.
California Community College Promise Grant
California Community College Promise Grant permits enrollment fees to be waived. Assistance for the purchase of books and supplies must be applied for separately https://home.cccapply.org/money/california-college-promise-grant
• For eligible California residents
• Select Community Colleges
How to Enroll?
• Start by applying for FAFSA.
• Go to https://home.cccapply.org/en/money/california-college-promise-grant
Scroll down to " Apply Online for California College Promise Grant"
• Select a college link to begin your application