The student service programs at Contra Costa College work together to support the achievements, health and well-being of current and former foster youth.
If you’re a current or former foster youth yourself, we’d like to help make your college experience more positive and rewarding.
How We Can Help
Contact our office if you need:
- Help completing the college application
- Assistance applying for financial aid, CHAFEE grants and scholarships
- On-campus employment
- Academic advising
- Priority registration
Or anything else. If your problem isn’t listed above, call us or come by, anyway. We’ll help you out or try to connect you with someone who can.
Other Things You Should Know About
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, which awards $500-$4000 per year.
California College Pathways – Helps students prepare for college and connects them with adults who can help provide tips, tools, and resources. It is highly recommended to foster youth by the Cypress College Guardian Scholars Advisory team.
CalFresh Program – Provides qualified households and individuals with healthy and nutritious food.
California Foster Youth Success Initiative – California Community College program that serves Emancipated Foster Youth.
Independent Living Skills Program – Provides services to Contra Costa County Emancipated Foster Youth.
California Youth Crisis Line – Offers support, encouragement, and referrals to vital resources to youth needing assistance or in crisis situations. Serves 12,000 annually.
Contra Costa County Foster Youth Services – Works collaboratively with local school districts, child welfare agencies, foster care agencies, probation, post-secondary institutions, caregivers, and community organizations to improve the educational gap for children in foster care.
EOPS – Offers counseling, school supplies, transportation assistance (bus pass/parking permit), book vouchers and other services beyond standard student support.
If you are a current or former foster youth who attends or is thinking about attending CCC, please contact our office as soon as possible. We’ll connect you with support and services.
After that, make sure you’re following these steps:
- Completing and submitting your CCC, FAFSA and CHAFEE Grant applications, if you haven’t, already
- Meeting with a Foster Youth Liaison and Counselor
- Taking advantage of Priority Registration
- Applying for EOPS
- Considering on-campus employment
- Following up with a counselor and asking about scholarships
- Taking advantage of study / tutor sessions
Some of these items are time sensitive and the deadlines vary depending on when you attend, so be sure to stay in contact so we can help you keep on top of things.