If you are a California student in foster care who wants to attend college right after high school, there are some important dates to start keeping track of, starting in your junior year of high school. Use the timeline below to make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines!
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o Note: This cannot be done online. Contact the Guidance Counselor at your school.
o If you miss this deadline, less financial aid may be available.
o By applying in your junior year, you may receive aid for summer bridge programs after you graduate high school.
o Go to http://www.cacollegepathways.org/find-campus-support-programs/
o Note: for foster youth, up to four CSU and UC applications are free
o Note: You should also apply for on-campus housing, where you may have priority access as a foster youth
o Contact the school you wish to attend.
o Note: Include your letters of recommendation
o Note: Remember to identify yourself as a foster youth
o Note: Have scores sent to schools where you are applying
o Note: Fee waivers are available.
o Contact the school you wish to attend for information on taking these tests
o Contact the community college you wish to attend.
o Note: This is important because as a foster youth, you may be able to register prior to the general registration period!