Chafee Education and Training Grant

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Attention!

THE 2014-15 APPLICATION IS OPEN.

Attention!

Please read the eligibility requirements in the Eligibility for the Chafee Grant section below before clicking the link to the application.

To apply for the 2014-15 academic year:

Deadlines for application:

Individual terms:

  • Fall-August 1
  • Winter - November 1
  • Spring - February 1
  • Summer - May 1

On the application, you may see terms listed for both the previous academic year and current/upcoming academic year. You may only apply for terms that are in the future and have not passed the deadline.

Application Procedures

Step 1: Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available at http://www.fafsa.ed.gov.
Step 2: Use the Online Chafee ETG application.
Step 3: Certify your application electronically and submit the application on-line. If your foster care placement was in a state other than Oregon, the electronic application will take you to special instructions as to where to mail your application.

Eligibility for the Chafee Grant

The Department of Human Services (DHS) Independent Living Program (ILP) has received Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) funding to help current or former foster care youth with postsecondary education and training.

Youth may be eligible to receive up to $3,000* per academic year. To be eligible, you must:

  1. Currently be in foster care, or
  2. Had been in foster care for at least 180 days (six months)  after your 14th birthday and exited substitute care at age 16 or older
  3. Be participating in the voucher program on your 21st birthday***. Youth may then continue to apply/receive funds until they turn 23 years old as long as they are enrolled in a post secondary education or training program and making satisfactory progress toward completion of that program.

Fund Disbursement:

After your application is processed and schools notify the Office of Student Access & Completion of the amount of your award, your Chafee ETG will be disbursed (sent) to your college or university’s Business Office approximately 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 particular school to apply your Chafee ETG funds to your student account.  Some schools apply at the beginning of the term/semester, and others wait until add/drop is over.  Some schools may be short-staffed or closed during certain holiday or break periods and may take longer to apply your funds. Please contact your school regarding receipt of your funds before you contact OSAC.

Disbursement Amounts

As a reminder, funds are awarded based on need. Your award amount may be less than the amounts below based on your total cost of attendance, if you are attending less than full-time, or, if you are receiving other aid such as privately funded scholarships which reduce your total need after the federal Pell and the Oregon Opportunity Grants are taken into account:

  • Full academic year: $3,000 (3 or 4 terms)
  • 2 terms: $2,000
  • 1 term: $1,000

Additional Information:

  • Chafee Grant applicants must ALSO complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
  • Almost all Chafee ETG applicants will be required to submit additional documentation to the school financial aid office as part of the FAFSA mandated “verification process.”
  • The Chafee Grant application is separate from the OSAC Scholarship Application.
  • Unlike the OSAC Scholarship Application, the Chafee Grant application does not require submission of transcripts, essays and an Activities Chart.
  • First time applicants must be under the age of 21 and must receive their first award before their 21st birthday.  Awards may be received through the 23rd birthday if the applicant was awarded prior to the age of 21.

What Happens Next?

  • Your Chafee Education and Training 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 your selected school that you are eligible to receive a Chafee Education and Training Grant.
  • Your school will determine the amount of your grant based on your financial need after application of any state or federal grant monies (PELL, Oregon Opportunity Grant, etc.). ETV funds received directly from the Department of Human Services will be subtracted from your Chafee Grant award. Your grant award will be included in your financial aid package prepared at your school.
  • The school that you will be attending should send you a document or e-mail you a link to your web account that details the type and amount of financial aid that you will receive at that institution. You are normally required to review this information and accept or decline the financial aid package. It will list in detail the various types of financial aid that you are to be awarded.

What are My Responsibilities?

  • Sign and return the financial aid award letter when you receive it from your school, or accept your award on-line if that is your school’s preference.
  • If you decide to change schools, or have an address, telephone number, or e-mail change after completing the Chafee application, notify the Office of Student Access & Completion by visiting your Student Profile at scholarship-app.aspx. If you are unable to visit your Student Profile, contact the Chafee Portfolio Coordinator (see contact information below). You should also inform your ILP worker of any changes (if you still have one).
  • Keep a copy of your application and any additional correspondence you receive and safeguard them in a large envelope or file folder. If you move, take the envelope/folder with you.
  • If you do not receive your financial aid award letter in a timely manner, contact the financial aid office at your school to ask if there is a problem.
  • If you receive a message or letter from the ILP Desk, the Office of Student Access & Completion, or your school requesting additional information from you, respond promptly.

What About Other Scholarships I Want to Apply For?

To apply for other scholarships administered by OSAC, complete the OSAC Scholarship Application at scholarship-app.aspx.  Follow all instructions and submit all additional materials required. The deadline for Early Bird Applicants is February 15th of each year, and for Non-Early Bird applicants, the deadline is March 1 of each year.

Questions?

If you have any questions about your scholarship, call or email peggy.d.cooksey@state.or.us at OSAC.


Oregon Office of Student Access & Completion
Peggy Cooksey, Program Analyst
Public Programs
1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene OR 97401-2148
(541) 687-7443 - Eugene/Springfield area
(800) 452-8807, ext. 7443 - Toll-free
(541) 687-7414 - Fax