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CSU Launches New Website Providing Information about Educational Opportunities for Foster Youth

May 16, 2012

CSU Launches New Website Providing Information about Educational Opportunities for Foster YouthStatistics from a recent study indicate that there are over 600,000 children in foster care throughout the United States and in 2011 the state of California had the largest population of children in foster care with over 54,000.  California State University campuses estimate that approximately 1,100 students from foster care are currently pursuing their education at the CSU.

Recognizing the need to provide the necessary services to this growing student population, the CSU recently launched a comprehensive website www.calstate.edu/fosteryouth featuring a wide array of information for both foster youth and their caregivers.  The site provides details on a variety of programs and services - including financial aid and advisement – that are available throughout the CSU.  The website also includes an education planning guide for foster youth that is a compilation of the programs and resources to help foster youth and caregivers to prepare for college.  There is also a YouTube video of CSU foster youth sharing their stories of their journey to college.

Through collaborative efforts, the CSU provides these services to support foster youth from their transition out of foster care or their transfer from a community college to the CSU and through graduation.  Among those support services, CSU campuses offer priority enrollment, registration and housing to foster youth.

To learn more about programs, financial aid, housing, support services and resources the CSU provides to emancipated youth and former and current foster youth visit www.calstate.edu/fosteryouth.