The Chafee Education and Training Voucher Program (also know as the Chafee Grant) provides funding to help current or former foster care youth with postsecondary education and training. Please see our Foster Youth webpage for more financial aid opportunities and resources available for current and former foster youth students.
Chafee ETV Grant Application
To be eligible, you must:
The 2024-2025 Chafee ETV Grant application is now open. The application deadline is based on the term you plan to start college. Chafee application deadlines by term:
Please indicate all term(s) that you attended or will be attending. You may or may not be considered for terms past their deadline(s), however, you will be considered for future funding.
Your Chafee ETV Grant application will be reviewed by the Independent Living Program at the Department of Human Services to verify that you are eligible to receive the Chafee Education and Training Grant.
OSAC will notify the college on your application if you are eligible to receive a Chafee ETV Grant. If you change schools, you must update your college choice on the application. Mid-year changes may delay funding from one school to another.
Your college will determine the amount of your grant based on your financial need after any state or federal grants (Pell, Oregon Opportunity Grant, etc.). Chafee Voucher funds received directly from the Oregon Department of Human Services will be subtracted from your Chafee Grant award.
Your college should provide you with a financial aid package with details on the type and amount of financial aid you are eligible for at that college, including your Chafee Grant. You may be required to complete additional requirements at your college to receive your award. It is important to check with the financial aid office at the college you are attending prior to your first term.
The maximum award amount for the 2024-25 academic year is $5,000.
The Chafee Grant is a need-based grant. Your award amount may be less than the maximum based on your total cost of attendance, enrollment level, or other aid you receive (such as scholarships and other grants).
Awards will not exceed $5,000 per academic year. Award amounts may vary and will be awarded based on availability of funds.
Your Chafee Grant funds will be sent to your college or university business office about two weeks prior to the start of each term or semester.
Neither OSAC nor the Oregon Department of Human Services have control over the time it takes your school to apply your Chafee grant funds to your student account. Some schools will apply the funds at the beginning of the term/semester, while other schools wait until class add/drop period is over. Please contact your school regarding receiving your funds before you contact OSAC.
Sign and return the financial aid award letter when you receive it from your school, or accept your award online.
If you decide to change schools, or have an address, telephone number, or email change after completing the Chafee application, update your Profile in the OSAC Student Portal. You should also inform your ILP (Independent Living Provider) worker of any changes if you still have one.
Keep a copy of your application and any additional correspondence you receive.
If you do not receive your financial aid award letter, contact the financial aid office at your college.
If you receive a message or letter from the ILP Desk, OSAC, or your school requesting additional information from you, respond promptly.
Oregon does not have access to FAFSA records from other states. If you do not file a FAFSA as an Oregon resident you will need to mail a copy of your Student Aid Report (SAR) to:
Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Attn: Chafee Grant Administrator
3225 25th Street SE
Salem, OR 97302
Oregon does not have access to foster care records from other states. The website for Chafee Education and Training contacts in each state is http://www.fc2sprograms.org/about-etv/.
We will need a letter from the other state with the following information:
Oregon verifies that you have at least 180 days of foster care after your 13th birthday and that you exited foster care on or after your 14th birthday. This foster care information should be submitted to:
ILP Program Coordinator
Human Services Building
500 Summer Street NE, E76
Salem, OR 97301-1064
Phone: (503) 884-8821
Fax: (503) 945-6969
2024-2025 application is open
To apply, review the eligibility requirements and submit an application.