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 and California State Universities for current and former foster youth.
  • AB 592 (2015) provides authorization to the California Department of Social Services to provider 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 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 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.
  • 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.