Foster Care Program.
The Foster Care Program welcomes all current and former foster youth to our college!
We know that college can seem overwhelming but we are here to help you each step of the way. We work with you individually to assist with direct links and supportive services to ensure that you have a successful college experience.
To ensure your continued progress in college, we provide you with an educational counselor who will work with you on your educational and career goals, develop an educational plan with classes, and provide you with all kinds of academic information.
We also have a dedicated Program Specialist who will work with you on filling out financial aid forms, such as helping with your application to Guardian Scholars for foster youth. We also have specialized trainings and workshops to help with college, life, and career topics so you can get the support you need. We also work with many different community organizations that can provide books and resources for you to attend college. Come in and see us!
Any current or former foster youth qualifies for some or all of our services.
- Priority registration
- Access to Student Center
- Access to computers
- Dedicated financial aid liaison
- Dedicated academic counselor
- Textbook loaning library
- Meal vouchers
- Free printing
- Transportation assistance
- One-on-one tutoring
- Course registration assistance
- Life skills and career-related workshops
Tools & Resources
Resources to Support + Strengthen Your Studies
California Chafee Grant
If you are or were in foster care 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 child care, transportation, and rent while you are 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. More information can be found at Chafee Grants.
- CCC Chancellor's Office - Foster Youth Success Initiatives - Find a directory of the FY Liaisons on all 114 campuses, as well as many other resources, such as webinars, trainings, events, and more.
- Bay Area California Community Colleges Career Education - Explore the 28 Bay Area community colleges and what career programs they have to offer.
- Bill Wilson Center - Explore housing options, parenting classes, and many other helpful services the Bill Wilson Center provides.
- California Fostering Connections to Success - Learn more about the law that extended foster care to age 21 in California.
- Covered til 26 - Need health insurance? Learn about FREE healthcare options.
- Family and Children Services of Silicon Valley (The HUB) - Seek counseling assistance, career advisement, and many other support services.
- HomeFirst - Research what housing opportunities are available to you.
- Independent Living Program (ILP) - Explore the transition support services available to foster youth ages 16-21 like budgeting, college enrollment support, housing assistance, and many others.
- John Burton Advocates for Youth - Provides education, housing, and health services.
- NextUp (CAYFES) - Find out what support services are in place at California Community Colleges for foster youth.
- Silicon Valley Children's Fund - Apply for scholarships and learn about other support services available.
- Youth Help Lines - Provides 24-hour youth crisis and helplines.
Room SC-110.SC-110, Student Success Center Building, first floor
Mon-Thurs: 8AM - 5PM
Fri: 8AM-1PM (Remote)
Financial Aid FYSI Liaison