College Planning Resources

Many different resources are available that supportive adults can use to support foster youth along their educational path. The resources below can be provided directly to students who are preparing to enter college or are current enrolled or can be used together by youth and professionals and/or caregivers to determine next steps and track progress towards educational goals.
Also visit our Help Youth Plan page for additional resources.

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Questions to Campus Support Programs
A guide for foster youth to assess which colleges campus support program is the best fit for them.

Community College Foster Youth Enrollment Information
A step-by-step guide and checklist for foster youth planning to enroll at community college.

CSU Foster Youth Resource Guide
A step-by- step guide and checklist for foster youth planning to enroll at a Cal State University.

UC Foster Youth Resource Guide
A step-by- step guide and checklist for foster youth planning to enroll at a University of California.

Community College Enrollment Flyer
This one-page flyer contains all the pertinent details for foster youth planning to attend community college regarding deadlines, financial aid, priority enrollment, student support and other essential resources.

College Planning and Deadline Overview
This one-page handy guide contains links to foster youth educational planning guides and an overview of key deadlines for all three public college and university systems.

It’s My Life: Post-Secondary Education Financial Aid
This guide from the Casey Family Programs offers a set of tools to guide professionals and caregivers to help youth from foster care maximize their access to financial aid.

It’s My Life: Post-Secondary Education
This guide from Casey Family Programs provides a set of strategies to help foster youth to take advantage of education and training opportunities beyond the high school level.

Mentor Workbook
Tips and tools to educate yourself and that important student in your life about the college preparation process and have fun while doing it.

2013 National Convening on Foster Youth and Higher Education
In October 2013, California hosted the first National Convening on Foster Youth and Higher Education, which was attended by more than one-hundred professionals from 15 states. This document, created by Foster Care to Success, provides a detailed overview of the proceedings from this event.