Utilize College Prep Programs
Ask a school counselor or foster youth education liaison if there are any college preparatory programs available at your high school to help you get into college. Some such programs include:
- Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID)
Helps students succeed in classes they need for college and increases their chances of enrolling in 4-year colleges
- California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP)
Provides info about postsecondary education and financial aid while helping raise the achievement levels of students who are the first in their families to attend college
- Early Academic Outreach Program (EAOP)
As the University of California’s largest academic preparation program, EAOP has offices on all UC campuses and works directly with students to increase the number who have the opportunity to achieve a college education.
- Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA)
Academic enrichment services for educationally disadvantaged students who excel in math and science, helping them to go on to college and attain degrees in math-based fields
- Upward Bound Program (also known as TRIO)
Serves students whose parents don’t hold a bachelor’s degree and/or low-income families to increase the number of students enrolling in and completing college. Many colleges and universities have an Upward Bound or TRIO program for high school students.