Students who are current or former foster youth are eligible for a variety of types of financial assistance to pay for college, including the CSU Tuition Waiver for Current & Former Foster Care Recipients.
Be sure to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) every year. And for students who may not qualify for Federal Student Aid, you may still be eligible for other aid through the California Dream Act (CADA).
If you identify as an “independent student" based on your current or former foster youth status, you may be eligible for state, federal and/or university financial aid.
If on your
FAFSA application you responded “yes” to the question, “At any time since you turned 13, were both of your parents deceased; were you in foster care; or were you a dependent or ward of the court?”, you must provide documentation of your status to complete your FAFSA application.
campus's financial aid office and
campus foster youth program will request proof of your foster care or legal guardianship status. Ask your social worker to provide you with a copy of your
Ward of the Court letter in advance to prevent a delay in receiving aid.
Cal Grant A & B
State University Grant (SUG)
Middle Class Scholarship
Burton Foundation Scholarships
Orangewood Foundation Scholarships (Orange County, CA)