California State University (CSU) System

The CSU system includes 23 campuses across California. It is the largest, most diverse, and one of the most affordable university systems in the entire country. Every year, thousands of students graduate from CSU campuses ready to join California’s workforce. Students that graduate from CSUs go on to work in some of California’s most important jobs, from education and social work to public administration and criminal justice. In fact, more than half of California’s teachers are CSU graduates.

CSU Benefits and Resources for Foster Youth:

  • Priority Registration for Foster Youth: As a current or former foster youth in California, you receive priority course registration at CSU campuses, which makes it a whole lot easier to enroll in classes.
  • Campus Support Programs for Foster Youth. There are many campus support programs for foster youth on CSU campuses. Many offer financial aid and scholarship packages, housing, and other support and resources. Click here to find a program and get more information.
  • Application fee waiver:  Foster youth are likely to qualify for a waiver for the $55 application fee.  You can submit an application fee waiver through CSUMentor to up to four campuses

CSU Tools for Students: