The NextUp program creates opportunities in higher education for current or former foster youth.

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 completion of student educational plan (SEP)
  • Exclusive workshops
  • Services may include (contingent upon funding):
    • Unmet need grants
    • Free textbooks
    • Free school supplies
    • Gas cards
    • Meal grant/card

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Were in foster care, in any state, for at least one day, on or after their 13th birthday.
  • Are enrolled in or planning to enroll in at least nine units or agree to an education plan with the future goal of enrolling in nine units.
  • Are no older than 26 years of age at the commencement of any academic year in which the student first enrolls in the program; students enrolled in the program prior to turning 26 are allowed to continue participating in the program beyond the age of 26.
  • Enroll in the NextUp program prior to age 26, disenroll, and subsequently return after turning 26 may be readmitted to the same or another NextUp program.