Foster Youth Support
NextUp helps current and former foster youth pay for college expenses.
Current and former foster youth under age 26 are eligible for additional aid.
NextUp, formerly known as CAFYES (Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support), provides eligible community college students with resources that make a difference. The program, available at 45 California community colleges, is committed to supporting ambitious, college-bound students exiting the foster care system.
NextUp provides eligible community college students with support and services that could include help with books and supplies, transportation, tutoring, food, emergency housing and more. The Cal Grant B Foster Youth award allows students who are current and former foster youth to qualify for increased Cal Grant eligibility. Eligible foster youth have until their 26th birthday to apply. Students must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid or California Dream Act Application. If eligible, students should also submit the Chafee Grant Application.
Monetary awards vary, but current and former foster youth also receive perks such as priority registration, counseling services, tutoring, textbook support and career and transfer assistance. The Cal Grant B Foster Youth Award has a maximum of 8 years of lifetime grant eligibility or until you complete a bachelor’s degree. The Chafee Grant program is available to any applicant who is or was in foster care between the ages of 16 to 18. Applicants may qualify for $5,000 a year for career and technical training. Current and former foster youth no more than 25 years old by July 1 of the award year are not subject to loss of the California College Promise Grant fee waiver.
The California Community Colleges developed a variety of campaign materials to support foster youth throughout the state. If you want to spread the word about NextUp, you can download the logo packages, buttons, and printed campaign materials below. We hope you find these materials helpful in promoting and explaining the NextUp program to staff and students.
If you have technical difficulties with the files or have any questions about these guidelines, please contact Paige Marlatt Dorr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click on the links below to see available colors and file types.
NextUp Logo Guidelines
The NextUp Logo Guidelines are provided to help determine when and how the logos and taglines are to be used. We ask that you follow these approved guidelines at all times and use the logo and tagline whenever referencing the NextUp program.
NextUp Print-Ready Materials
If you want to spread the word about the NextUp program, specifications and downloadable print materials are available here. Because our quantities are limited, these files are available to download and print in-house and/or with your local printer.
NextUp Web Buttons
Our website buttons are provided for use on your college’s website (on English and/or Spanish-language pages as appropriate) to promote the NextUp program which supports current and former foster youth. These buttons are provided in three different variations for your use, allowing you to choose which iteration best fits within your college’s website.
Each button is provided to you at the largest possible size, and may be scaled down according to your needs. Once embedded, the images will need to be coded to click through to NextUp.cccco.edu where students can learn more about the program, watch videos about participating student experiences, and learn more about deadlines and program qualifications.
Before downloading, please determine the appropriate sized button by comparing the width of the column of where the button will be placed, to the width range of each button. For example, if you plan to place the button in a column that is 200pixels wide, use the “Small Button Template” resizing to fit the intended target column. You can then resize to fit your column/location, making sure that the image is no smaller or bigger than +/-20 percent of the width of the original image. These instructions are also embedded as HTML notes in each of the HTML templates provided.
More financial aid programs are available.
Most U.S. citizens qualify for financial aid with a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Undocumented students can get assistance through the California Dream Act (CADAA).
Federal Pell Grants go to undergraduate students without college degrees who come from low-income families.
CAL GRANT PROGRAM
Cal Grants get awarded to California resident undergraduates based on financial need, academic performance and other factors.
Low-income students and students receiving cash assistance may automatically apply for a California College Promise Grant (CCPG).
The California Community Colleges Scholarship Endowment (CCCSE) offers over 3,000 student scholarships per year.
Federal work-study students earn money to pay for college by working a part-time job on-campus or out in the community.
Foster youth students who were in care on or after their 16th birthday can apply for a Chafee Grant up until they turn 26.