Contra Costa College is pleased to introduce resources to support emancipated foster youth enrollment, retention and success. In collaboration with our various Student Services Programs, we aim to provide students with a community that is empowering, nurturing, welcoming and supportive so that the transition to college is one that leads to scholarship, self-advocacy, independence and success.


We encourage ALL former foster youth to contact our Foster Youth Liaison in the Financial Aid Office (SSC 102) –

Raheema Islam


or EOPS/CalWORKs Office (SSC 106) –

George Mills


Our Foster Youth Support program offers the following support:

  • Assistance completing the college application
  • Financial aid and CHAFEE application assistance
  • Academic advising
  • Personalized staff assistance directing to specific resources
  • On-campus employment
  • Community resources
  • Success workshops
  • Tutoring support
  • Processing priority registration eligibility
  • Scholarship assistance (application and recommendation)
  • Direct referrals to other student
  • Career/employment (on campus) support and referral
  • Check-in

Financial aid and Scholarships

FAFSA – Free application for Federal Student aid offers financial assistance to students to help pay for their educational needs.

CHAFEE Grant – A financial assistance grant set up to support specifically emancipated foster youth that want to attend college.

Assistance League of Diablo Valley Foster Youth Scholarship – if you are a current or former foster youth living in Contra Costa County and heading to or enrolled in college, you may be eligible for this scholarship. The scholarship awards $500-$4000 per year to support students. For more information, you may visit their website

Project Foster Youth – Supports former California foster youth on their journey to achieve their goals through a college education by awarding unrestricted $600 college grants. This support is designed to recognize the resiliency, hard work, and worthy goals as well as share the belief in the transformative power of education. Download application here.

Additional resources and links:

California College PathwaysHighly recommended for foster youth by the Cypress College Guardian Scholars Advisory team. This resource helps students prepare for college and connects them with adults who can help provide tips, tools, and resources.

CalFresh Programprovides qualified households and individuals with healthy and nutritious food.

California Foster Youth Success Initiative – Services offered through the California Community College System to serve Emancipated Foster Youth.

Independent Living Skills Program – Program and services provided to serve Contra Costa County Emancipated Foster Youth.

California Youth Crises Line – California Coalition for Youth offers support, encouragement, and referrals to youth needing assistance or in crisis situations. The California Youth Crisis Line connects an average of 12,000 callers with vital resources annually.

EOPS – above, beyond and in addition to student support for students including, counseling, school supplies, transportation assistance (bus pass/parking permit), book vouchers, etc.

Contra Costa County Foster Youth Services – supports the educational needs of children in foster care. The FYS program works collaboratively with local school districts, child welfare agencies, foster care agencies, probation, post-secondary institutions, caregivers, and community organizations with the goal of improving the educational gap for foster youth.

Timeline-Beginning Fall Semester

EOPS Timeline


Financial Aid EOPS Welcome Center
Raheema Islam


Chaffee grant & financial aid

George Mills


academic and financial support services

Marykate Rossi


college application and information

Admissions & Records Assessment Center Student Retention
Joanne Solano


registration and other admissions needs


Carla Matute


English and math placement


Ashley Patterson


probation and dismissal workshops


DSPS Tutoring Counseling
Lisa Marsalek


Disabled student support


Brandy Gibson


tutoring support




Early Childhood Ed. CC Independent Living Skills Program Other resources
Intisar Shareef


childcare and foster care education and support

Don Graves


independent living skills, support, resources, scholarships, transitional housing


Evan Decker – Career pathways

Nick Dunn – Nick Dunn

Student life – Erika Greene