Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educ. Support (CAFYES)

The Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Educational Support (CAFYES) Program – now called Next Up – is housed within the existing community college programs for educationally disadvantaged students, known as Extended Opportunity Programs and Services (EOPS). When you contact these offices, be sure to ask for the CAFYES/Next Up coordinator or counselor so you get directed to the foster youth specialist who is there to help you.

These programs provide:

  • Books and supply grants
  • Career guidance
  • Child care and transportation assistance
  • Counseling
  • Financial literacy and independent living skills support
  • Health service referrals
  • Housing assistance
  • Mental health services
  • Service coordination
  • Transfer counseling
  • Tutoring
  • Unmet need grants
  • Other related services

Who qualifies:

  • Students must be under age 26
  • In foster care on or after their 16th birthday, and
  • Enrolled in at least 9 units at a college with a CAFYES program

The Following Colleges Have CAFYES Programs

Northern California

San Francisco Bay Area

Fresno County

Santa Barbara County


Orange County

San Diego County

Los Angeles Area

For more info, visit the Chancellor’s office CAFYES webpage.