Foster Youth

Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI)

College and Financial Aid Resources for Students

This resource guide provides information about programs and services available to support all young people who have ever been a part of the foster care system, enroll in and succeed in college. The introduction includes an overview of the California Community College (CCC) Foster Youth Success Initiative (FYSI) and provides critical information regarding foster youths eligibility for priority registration in CCC’s and in California State Universities.

Now available on campus! John Burton Advocates for Youth (JBAY) help foster youth across the state achieve their higher education goals and move on to fulfilling careers. Once such resource provided by JBAY is the Burton Book Fund. The Burton Book Fund has provided $1.75 million in textbooks to over 6,600 current and former foster youth attending community colleges.

Did you know, you may be eligible to receive a book voucher up to $200 depending  on your enrollment status? In order to be eligible for the Burton Book fund, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Was in foster care on or after their 13th birthday
  • Enrolled in 6 or more units for the Fall 2018-19 semester;
  • NOT eligible for or participating in a CAFYES (Next Up) program through EOPS;
  • Submitted a FAFSA or California Dream Act Application.

Eligible students may be pursuing a technical certification, an undergraduate degree, or graduate degree at a community college or a four-year public or private college or university. There is no minimum or maximum age; recipients are not required to have been in foster care in California but must be attending a college in California.

If you think you may qualify for this book voucher or have questions, please contact Alyia Pilgrim located in the Financial Aid Office.

FRC Priority Enrollment Dates:

Summer & Fall 2018 April 
Spring 2019 October 22, 23, 24 
Summer & Fall 2019 April 08, 09, 10

Legislation passed a new state law effective September 21, 2016, AB 801 which amends California Ed Code Section 2.5 of Section 66025.9 (a)(1) which extends priority enrollment for foster youth and former foster youth until January 1, 2020 and extends the age to 25.

For more information regarding this amendment please visit California Legislative Information - AB 801. To view the original Assembly Bill implementing priority enrollment for foster youth, please visit California Legislative Information - AB 194.