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Foster Youth

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.

Support Services

  • 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 services
  • Career/employment (on campus) support and referral
  • Check-in

Financial Aid + 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.

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.

Recommended Foster Youth Timeline for Success

January – February March – May June – August September – December
Complete applications:

  • CCC admissions application
  • FAFSA (March 2)
  • CHAFEE Grant
  • Meet with Foster Youth Liaison and counselor
  • Utilize Priority Registration
  • Apply for EOPS
  • Consider on-campus employment
  • Follow up with counselor
  • Use study/tutor sessions
  • Follow up with counselor
  • Ask about scholarships

Additional Resources + Links

California College Pathways – Highly 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 Program – Provides 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.