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Pennsylvania Chafee Education and Training Grant (ETG) Program

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The Chafee Education and Training Grant (ETG) Program is a federally funded program that offers grant assistance to Pennsylvania undergraduate students aging out of foster care who are attending a postsecondary institution approved for Federal Title IV student financial assistance programs.

PHEAA will administer the Grant Program for the academic year on behalf of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS). This program is authorized under the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 as amended by the Promoting Safe and Stable Families Amendments of 2001.

Maximum awards under this program are up to $5,000 per academic year. However, no award may exceed the student's cost of attendance minus other financial aid the student is receiving. Awards are contingent upon federal funding and are not guaranteed.

Eligibility requirements

To be considered for this grant, you must:

  • Be eligible for services under the Commonwealth's Chafee Foster Care Independence Program.
  • Be identified as a youth in foster care or a youth adopted from foster care after attaining age 16.
  • Be a youth participating in the ETG Program on your 21st birthday until you turn 23 years old.
  • Be enrolled 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.
  • Maintain "satisfactory academic progress" and demonstrate financial need for the grant as defined by the postsecondary institution.

To apply

  1. Students must annually complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
  2. Download the Chafee ETG Program Application (118 KB PDF). http://www.pheaa.org/funding-opportunities/other-educational-aid/chafee-program.shtml
  3. Mail your completed Chafee ETG application to:

State Grant and Special Programs
PO Box 8114
Harrisburg, PA 17105-9923


For more information, please contact us at 1-800-692-7392 or PAETG@pheaa.org.

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