Help Youth Plan

Most foster youth want to go to college but need extra support and services to get there and succeed. In one survey of California foster youth, 75% had a goal of attending and graduating from college. However, less than 5% actually go on to receive a bachelor’s degree.

Planning for college can be an overwhelming experience for anyone, but for foster youth it can be especially difficult. Because they may not have family to provide guidance, it’s up to caregivers, social workers, school counselors, and other caring adults to provide encouragement and help.

The good news is that there are some recent laws and resources that provide support to increase the odds of foster youth attending and graduating. For example, with the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, funding can be used for living in a college dorm or renting an apartment or room, in addition to covering other costs. There are also special scholarships, grants and campus support programs especially for foster youth scholars.

But foster youth need your help to learn about their options and the steps they need to take to pursue higher education.