Higher Education

  • Higher Education

    The U.S. Department of Education Dear Colleague Letter GEN-13-18 (2013) clarified that extended foster care payments made directly to foster youth are to be excluded when determining Title IV federal student aid eligibility. Click here for a summary of the clarification.

    AB 194 (2011) provides for priority registration at community colleges, California State Universities and University of California campuses for current and former foster youth.

    AB 592 (2015) provides authorization to the California Department of Social Services to provide verification of foster care status to current and former foster youth.

    AB 595 (2013) requires all students who are otherwise eligible for priority enrollment (including foster youth) to complete orientation, assessment and an educational plan in order to gain access to priority enrollment.

    AB 643 (2013) changed state law in order to conform to the provisions of the federal Uninterrupted Scholars Act which authorizes school districts to share information with child welfare case workers. The Legal Center for Foster Care and Education has created a brief overview of the provisions of the USA that apply in California with the passage of AB 643 and the State Policy and Reform Center (SPARC) recently issued a more in depth brief about the benefits of this new law. The U.S. Department of Education issued guidance which clarified that post-secondary institutions may release information to child welfare agencies for student currently in a foster care placement.

    AB 669 (2009) allows colleges and universities to grant resident status to foster youth under the age of 19 who were residing out of state as a dependent or ward under California’s child welfare system.

    AB 801 (2016) expanded priority registration and various other benefits received by foster youth to homeless youth as well and mandated the designation of a foster and homeless youth liaison at public college and university campuses.

    AB 1228 (2015) modified the provisions of AB 1393 to provide similar priority to homeless youth and to require that CSUs and UCs allow foster youth and homeless youth to remain in housing that is available during academic breaks at no extra charge.

    AB 1393 (2009) requires UCs and CSUs to give foster youth priority for on-campus housingCalifornia community colleges are requested to give priority to foster youth. In addition, CSUs that have student housing open during school breaks are required to give first priority to current and former foster youth. UCs are only required to do so for foster youth who are otherwise eligible for a particular campus housing facility.

    AB 2506 (2016) restricts the use of Chafee ETV funds at schools that do not meet certain graduation and loan default criteria.

    SB 906 (2016) removed the sunset clause from priority registration for foster youth (original bill was scheduled to sunset on Jan 1, 2017) and expanded eligibility to include all foster youth who were in foster care after their 16th birthday under the age of 26.

    SB 1023 (2014) created the Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES) Program. The program is housed within the existing community college programs for educationally disadvantaged students, known as Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). In order to qualify, students must be under age 26, in foster care on or after their 16th birthday and enrolled in at least 9 units at a college with a CAFYES program.

    In 2016 an additional $3 million was allocated by the state legislature to supplement funding for the Chafee Education and Training Voucher program.