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University of California Foster Students Organize to Demand Better Treatment on Campus

A group of foster youth attending the University of California has called for additional on-campus resources to address their barriers in higher education.

Veronica Vieyra benefited from the UBI program Santa Clara County has in place for former foster youth.


California’s Foster Youth UBI Bill Moves Forward, Bolstered By Promising Results from Similar Local Program

A bill moving through the state Legislature aims to bring the same guaranteed monthly income, or UBI, to former foster youth statewide.

A new report shows college enrollment dropped this spring.


California Leaders Push to Reverse Plummeting Statewide College Enrollment

A new study found a steep drop in college enrollment this spring — particularly in community colleges, which often serve more low-income students, foster youth and others who experience barriers to higher education.

writer Tatiana Lemire offers advice on resources and encouragement for foster youth interested in pursuing college.


Advocating for Yourself Starts with Exploring Your Resources

Writer Tatiana Lemire offers practical advice on resources as well as encouragement for foster youth interested in pursuing college.


Foster Youth Nationwide Gain Priority for Free Online Tutoring

In Los Angeles County, a 15-year-old girl in foster care joins an online tutoring session. Photo courtesy of iFoster.
As students across the country struggle to keep up with their schoolwork while sheltering from the coronavirus, tens of thousands of foster youth will now have access to one-on-one support from a free tutoring program being rolled out nationwide. 


Foster Youth Need Support in High School to Succeed in College, New Report Shows

A new report on educational achievement for foster youth found that to help them succeed in college, targeted supports need to start years before they walk on campus.  The report, Pipeline to Success, focused specifically on the 21,186 foster youth in California’s 115 community colleges and the supports they needed to transition from high school to a successful post-secondary education. 


    California Looks to Expand Financial Aid Access for Foster Youth

    A California legislator is looking to amend the state’s college aid program for foster youth so it covers more students and loses fewer of them to academic problems. The Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) is a federal-state match program that provides up to $5,000 per year to current or former foster youth to help with the costs of college.


    California Foster Youth Builds Award-Winning App to Help Fellow Fosters Get to College

    A Bay Area foster youth is racking up attention — and prize money — for an app he developed to help connect foster youth to services that will help them get into college.


    Nevada College System Passes Tuition Waivers for Foster Youth (Updated)

    Update: The proposal to waive tuition and fees for Nevada foster youth was passed by the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents on Sept. 6. The Board also decided to expand eligibility for the waiver to any student who have spent time any in foster care since age 14, rather than 16 as originally proposed.