Step 1: Fill out a Cañada College Appliation.
Connect with the College Recruiter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Step 2: Submit the FYSI Interest/Needs Assessment online form.
Connect with the FYSI Liaison (email@example.com).
Step 3: Find out how to pay for College!
Chafee Grant: The Chafee Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Grant Program was designed specifically for foster youth to help pay for college or career and technical training. If you are/were in foster care or another court ordered out of home placement between your 16th and 18th birthday, you may be eligible for up to $5,000 of additional grant assistance through the Chafee Grant. Chafee Grants do not have to be paid back. https://chafee.csac.ca.gov/
Step 4: Fill out the FAFSA or Dream Act Application for Financial Aid.
Connect with the Financial Aid Director (firstname.lastname@example.org). Applying for financial aid is an annual process where students are encouraged to apply by March 2nd. March 2nd is the priority deadline for the state of California processing with the FAFSA application and for Cal Grant consideration. Both the FAFSA application and the GPA Verification Form need to be submitted by this date.
- Financial Aid Guide for Homeless Youth in California
- Completing the FAFSA: A How-To for Supporters of Homeless Youth - Webinar
- Visual Step by Step FAFSA Guide for CA Youth who have Experienced Homelessness - PDF
- Visual Step by Step CADAA Guide for CA Youth who have Experienced Homelessness – PDF
- After the FAFSA Checklist - PDF
- IRS Verification of Non-Filing Letter - Website
Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS) is a state-funded program that provides an accessible and rewarding college experience to low income students facing various barriers to academic success. EOPS provides a network of supportive counselors and dedicated staff, in addition to financial, and other various retention assistance so that students stay focused on their educational path while at Cañada College.
Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE) is a state funded program that helps single parents receiving county assistance from CalWORKs and TANF succeed in college. CARE provides assistance with academic counseling, transportation assistance, food assistance, grants and other types of support.
CalWORKs helps students on public assistance get access to vital services such as work study, job placement, childcare, and more.