What is NextUp?
NextUp, formerly known as Cooperating Agencies Foster Youth Education Support (CAFYES), is a program designed to support the educational goals and well-being of current and former foster youth. NextUp provides 'over and above' support services to help current and former foster youth overcome obstacles while pursuing their higher education and career goals.
- Academic, Personal, and Career Counseling
- Priority Registration
- Assistance with completing financial aid applications (eg. FAFSA)
- Assitance with applying for CHAFEE grant and scholarships
- Textbooks (Bookstore Credit)
- Transportation Assistance
- School Supplies
- Direct Financial Grants
- Food Assistance (campus food pantry, grocery store cards, food vouchers)
- and much more!
- Be a California resident.
- Qualify for the California College Promise Grant (CCPG), formely known as the Board of Governor's Fee Waiver (BOG).
- Be a current or former foster youth in California whose dependency or wardship was establish or continued by the court on, or after the youth's 13th birthday.
- Be under the age of 26 at the beginning of the academic year.
- Be enrolled in nine (9) units
How to Apply
For Foster Youth questions or assistance at Gavilan College you can email the EOPS Office, Foster Youth Liaison, at email@example.com or call at 408-848-4740, Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm.
Stacy Pham- Post-Secondary Coach at Pivotal
Supports foster youth on educational and employment services: scholarship support, resume building, tutoring services, connections to summer internships, and so much more!
Please contact Stacy at the EOPS office to learn more about Pivotal
Available by appointments -- please call or text (408) 882-7302 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Foster Youth New Student Checklist:
Enroll at Gavilan College
Meet with a Counselor
Schedule an appointment to meet with Counselor. Your counselor will help you register for classes.
Register for Classes
As a Foster Youth, you may be eligible for early registration (Pre-Priority Level 1). Since many classes are only offered at limited times, having priority registration allows you to select the days and times that work for your schedule.
Other Student Support Programs and Services
- If your family is on public assistance, you may qualify for CalWORKS.
- If you face both economic and education challenges, you may qualify for EOPS.
- If you are a single parent and eligible for EOPS, you may qualify for additional benefits and services through the Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education (CARE).
- If you need help with writing or math, you can visit the Gavilan Writing Center or Math Lab.
- If you need help with homework, the Tutoring Center has tutors that can help you in a number of subjects.
- If you have a disability, you can work with the AEC to identify the support services that will work for you.
- If you are looking for ways to improve your study habits or need help with time or stress management, attend a Student Success Workshop or access online workshops through your myGAV account.