• College Navigator -- provides useful information about colleges, such as whether a degree or certificate is awarded; whether the school is public, private non-profit, or private for-profit; whether the school is a 2-year or 4-year institution; and the school's tuition, enrollment, and cohort default rate (the percentage of the school's students who default on their loans)
  • College Scorecard-- a great resource for broadening your college search and comparing schools

College Basics 101

Department of Education Videos:

RESOURCES for foster youth

Financial Aid Overview / Responsible Borrowing

What Should You Know Before Taking Out a Student Loan?

Career Planning

  • CaliforniaColleges.edu-- the official source for college & career planning in California
  • Get Schooled-- the California College Campaign
  • O*Net Online-- info on education required, and average wages, for different career/job options 
  • California College Pathways -- info on college prep, selecting the right college, information on Guardian Scholars and Renaissance Scholars programs, financial aid, campus supports, housing, and many other resources

Put Colleges to the Test (info to know about colleges you're considering -- and where to find it)

Put Colleges to the Test!

empowering California's foster youth to make fully-informed decisions about their college options

Degrees and Certificates: What's Right for You?


Things to Look Out for When Selecting a College

Other Resources for Foster Youth

Campus Support Programs

  • California College Pathways -- info and links to programs that are specifically designed for foster youth attending college (programs like Guardian Scholars, Renaissance Scholars, and many more!)

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