The Foster Youth Success Program (FYSP) supports current and former foster youth and homeless/unaccompanied youth reaching for higher education. 

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Program Overview:

  • Provides individual Support and hands-on guidance from application to degree completion
  • Provides academic, personal, and career counseling
  • Assistance with completion of the financial aid application, scholarships and Chafee Grant, if eligible
  • Priority registration
  • Career exploration, transfer planning, and competition of student education plan (SEP)
  • Free school supplies and hygiene kits (contingent upon funding)

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be enrolled at Porterville College
  • Open to all ages of students who have experience at least one of the following:
    • Foster Care
    • Legal Guardianship
    • Emancipation
    • Homeless Youth as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
  • Documentation/verification required, assistance will be provided
  • Complete of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application

If you are a current or former foster youth in court-ordered placement at age 13 or older, you may also be eligible for Porterville College’s other foster youth program.  Please go to the NextUp program for more information.